Definition of sprinkle in English:

sprinkle

Line breaks: sprin¦kle
Pronunciation: /ˈsprɪŋk(ə)l
 
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verb

  • 1 [with object and adverbial] Cover (an object or surface) with small drops or particles of a substance: I sprinkled the floor with water
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    • Using a small spoon, sprinkle the surface with sago flour.
    • Once the pan was hot enough, I sprinkled the smooth surface with vegetable oil and started reheating yesterday's rice.
    • Pour the soup in bowls, sprinkle the surface with toasted sesame seeds, and serve with sesame crackers.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1Scatter or pour (small drops or particles of a substance) over an object or surface: sprinkle sesame seeds over the top
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    • At night she sprinkles a few drops of lavender oil on her pillow to help her sleep.
    • Toast the bread slices, one side only, pile the cheese on an untoasted side, sprinkle a few drops of milk on top of the cheese and grill until the cheese bubbles.
    • Once it has thickened, pour it over the fruit - sprinkle a little icing sugar over the custard to stop a skin forming.
    Synonyms
    splash, trickle, spray, shower, spritz; spatterscatter, strew; drizzle
    literary bestrew
  • 1.2Distribute or disperse something randomly or irregularly throughout (something): he sprinkled his conversation with quotations
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    • The conversation was sprinkled with just the right brand of British wit, capable of making anyone feel at home.
    • Their internal monologues and many of their conversations are liberally sprinkled with French words and phrases.
    • While often sad and grim, the book is nevertheless sprinkled with the author's trademark humor.
  • 1.3Place or attach (a number of things) at irregularly spaced intervals: a dress with little daisies sprinkled all over it
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    • There were freckles sprinkled across his nose, which was something I had never noticed before.
    • Freckles were lightly sprinkled over her nose and her hair was pulled up into a high ponytail.
    • Claims such as ‘white is the new black’ or ‘history is the new cooking’ are liberally sprinkled all over the media.
  • 2 [no object] (it sprinkles, it is sprinkling, etc.) North American Rain very lightly: it began to sprinkle
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    • It had begun to sprinkle lightly, but instead of hurrying home, he ignored it.
    • The rain sprinkled down, as the car pulled away from the graveyard, and turned onto the highway.
    • It started to sprinkle, and then rain and Jaime couldn't move.

noun

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  • 1A small quantity or amount of something scattered over an object or surface: a generous sprinkle of pepper figurative fiction with a sprinkle of fact
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    • Try adding a sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper or balsamic vinegar to a bowl of freshly cut strawberries - it makes a surprising change.
    • Serve with a sprinkle of chopped parsley and a swirl of cream.
    • An extra drizzle of honey and a sprinkle of brown sugar on top is yummy!
  • 2 [in singular] North American A light rain: the rain grew from a mere sprinkle to a respectable drizzle
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    • The rain first started as a light sprinkle but now it was getting heavier and heavier.
    • The rain outside has slowed down to a light sprinkle.
    • A light sprinkle on Thursday lead to an evening downpour just days before the race.
  • 3 (sprinkles) chiefly North American Tiny sugar strands and balls used for decorating cakes and desserts.
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    • Make some red icing and then the kids can decorate the top with sprinkles and heart shaped candies.
    • We made chocolate cakes and decorated them with sprinkles.
    • I bit into a doughnut covered in chocolate sprinkles.

Origin

late Middle English: perhaps from Middle Dutch sprenkelen.

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