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sprin·kle

 (sprĭng′kəl)
v. sprin·kled, sprin·kling, sprin·kles
v.tr.
1. To scatter in drops or particles: sprinkled sugar on the cereal.
2. To scatter drops or particles on: sprinkled the buns with flour.
3. To intersperse with something as if by scattering: sprinkled his speech with quotations.
4. To distribute or intersperse at random: sprinkled jokes throughout the speech.
v.intr.
1. To scatter something in drops or particles.
2. To fall or rain in small or infrequent drops.
n.
1. The act of sprinkling.
2. A light rainfall.
3. A small amount; a sprinkling.
4. sprinkles Small particles of candy sprinkled on ice cream as a topping.

[Middle English sprenklen, perhaps of Middle Dutch or Middle Low German origin.]

sprinkle

(ˈsprɪŋkəl)
vb
1. to scatter (liquid, powder, etc) in tiny particles or droplets over (something)
2. (tr) to distribute over (something): the field was sprinkled with flowers.
3. (intr) to drizzle slightly
n
4. the act or an instance of sprinkling or a quantity that is sprinkled
5. (Physical Geography) a slight drizzle
[C14: probably from Middle Dutch sprenkelen; related to Old English spearca spark1]

sprin•kle

(ˈsprɪŋ kəl)

v. -kled, -kling,
n. v.t.
1. to scatter in drops or particles: sprinkling water on the flowers.
2. to disperse or distribute here and there.
3. to overspread with drops or particles of water, powder, or the like: to sprinkle a lawn.
4. to diversify or intersperse with objects scattered here and there.
v.i.
5. to scatter or disperse liquid, a powder, etc., in drops or particles.
6. to rain slightly in scattered drops.
n.
7. an act or instance of sprinkling.
8. something used for sprinkling.
9. Usu., sprinkles. small pieces of flavored candy used to decorate cakes, cookies, and ice cream.
10. a light rain.
11. a small quantity or number.
[1350–1400; Middle English sprenklen (v.), perhaps < Middle Dutch sprenkelen; akin to spring]
sprin′kler, n.

Sprinkle

 a small quantity that is sprinkled.
Examples: sprinkle of common turnip cabbages, 1768; of disconnected factions, 1862; of fruit, 1825; of new growth on the market, 1890; of better instructed persons, 1844; of snow, 1888; of holy water, 1665.

sprinkle


Past participle: sprinkled
Gerund: sprinkling

Imperative
sprinkle
sprinkle
Present
I sprinkle
you sprinkle
he/she/it sprinkles
we sprinkle
you sprinkle
they sprinkle
Preterite
I sprinkled
you sprinkled
he/she/it sprinkled
we sprinkled
you sprinkled
they sprinkled
Present Continuous
I am sprinkling
you are sprinkling
he/she/it is sprinkling
we are sprinkling
you are sprinkling
they are sprinkling
Present Perfect
I have sprinkled
you have sprinkled
he/she/it has sprinkled
we have sprinkled
you have sprinkled
they have sprinkled
Past Continuous
I was sprinkling
you were sprinkling
he/she/it was sprinkling
we were sprinkling
you were sprinkling
they were sprinkling
Past Perfect
I had sprinkled
you had sprinkled
he/she/it had sprinkled
we had sprinkled
you had sprinkled
they had sprinkled
Future
I will sprinkle
you will sprinkle
he/she/it will sprinkle
we will sprinkle
you will sprinkle
they will sprinkle
Future Perfect
I will have sprinkled
you will have sprinkled
he/she/it will have sprinkled
we will have sprinkled
you will have sprinkled
they will have sprinkled
Future Continuous
I will be sprinkling
you will be sprinkling
he/she/it will be sprinkling
we will be sprinkling
you will be sprinkling
they will be sprinkling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been sprinkling
you have been sprinkling
he/she/it has been sprinkling
we have been sprinkling
you have been sprinkling
they have been sprinkling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been sprinkling
you will have been sprinkling
he/she/it will have been sprinkling
we will have been sprinkling
you will have been sprinkling
they will have been sprinkling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been sprinkling
you had been sprinkling
he/she/it had been sprinkling
we had been sprinkling
you had been sprinkling
they had been sprinkling
Conditional
I would sprinkle
you would sprinkle
he/she/it would sprinkle
we would sprinkle
you would sprinkle
they would sprinkle
Past Conditional
I would have sprinkled
you would have sprinkled
he/she/it would have sprinkled
we would have sprinkled
you would have sprinkled
they would have sprinkled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sprinkle - a light shower that falls in some locations and not others nearbysprinkle - a light shower that falls in some locations and not others nearby
rain shower, shower - a brief period of precipitation; "the game was interrupted by a brief shower"
2.sprinkle - the act of sprinkling or splashing water; "baptized with a sprinkling of holy water"; "a sparge of warm water over the malt"
watering - wetting with water; "the lawn needs a great deal of watering"
Verb1.sprinkle - distribute loosely; "He scattered gun powder under the wagon"
spray - scatter in a mass or jet of droplets; "spray water on someone"; "spray paint on the wall"
spray - be discharged in sprays of liquid; "Water sprayed all over the floor"
spatter, splatter, plash, swash, splash, splosh - dash a liquid upon or against; "The mother splashed the baby's face with water"
splash, sprinkle, splosh - cause (a liquid) to spatter about, especially with force; "She splashed the water around her"
discharge - pour forth or release; "discharge liquids"
bespangle - dot or sprinkle with sparkling or glittering objects
aerosolize, aerosolise - disperse as an aerosol; "The bacteria suspension was aerosolized"
2.sprinkle - cause (a liquid) to spatter about, especially with force; "She splashed the water around her"
salt - sprinkle as if with salt; "the rebels had salted the fields with mines and traps"
drizzle, moisten - moisten with fine drops; "drizzle the meat with melted butter"
disperse, sprinkle, dot, scatter, dust - distribute loosely; "He scattered gun powder under the wagon"
3.sprinkle - rain gently; "It has only sprinkled, but the roads are slick"
rain, rain down - precipitate as rain; "If it rains much more, we can expect some flooding"
4.sprinkle - scatter with liquidsprinkle - scatter with liquid; wet lightly; "Sprinkle the lawn"
wet - cause to become wet; "Wet your face"

sprinkle

verb
1. scatter, dust, strew, pepper, shower, spray, powder, dredge Cheese can be sprinkled on egg and vegetable dishes.
2. litter, clutter, mess up Unfortunately, the text is sprinkled with errors.

sprinkle

verb
1. To scatter or release in drops or small particles:
2. To mark with many small spots:
Translations
يَرُش
postříkatposypat
dryssestænke
hintmeghint
sáldra, strá, dreifa
apibarstytiapšlakstyti
apbārstītapsmidzinātbārstītsmidzināt
postriekať
posutiškropiti
serpmek

sprinkle

[ˈsprɪŋkl]
A. Nrociada f, salpicadura f
a sprinkle of saltun poquito de sal
a sprinkle of rainunas gotitas de lluvia
B. VTrociar (with de) to sprinkle water on a plant; sprinkle a plant with waterrociar una planta de agua
to sprinkle sugar over a cake; sprinkle a cake with sugarespolvorear un bizcocho con azúcar
a rose sprinkled with dewuna rosa cubierta de rocío
a lawn sprinkled with daisiesuna extensión de césped salpicada de margaritas
they are sprinkled about here and thereestán esparcidos aquí y allá
C. VI (with rain) → lloviznar

sprinkle

[ˈsprɪŋkəl] vt
(with water)asperger; (with sugar, salt)saupoudrer; (with grated chocolate, cheese)parsemer
to sprinkle water on sth, to sprinkle sth with water → asperger qch d'eau
to sprinkle sugar on sth, to sprinkle sth with sugar → saupoudrer qch de sucre
(fig) to be sprinkled with sth [+ errors, quotations] → être parsemé(e) de qch

sprinkle

vt watersprenkeln, sprengen; lawn, plantbesprengen; (with holy water) → besprengen; salt, dust, sugar etcstreuen; dish, cakebestreuen; a lawn sprinkled with daisiesein mit Gänseblümchen durchzogener Rasen; his hair was sprinkled with greysein Haar war grau meliert; churches/pubs are sprinkled throughout the townman findet Kirchen/Gasthäuser über die ganze Stadt verstreut; sprinkled with quotationsmit Zitaten durchsetzt
n (of liquid, vinegar)ein paar Spritzer; (of salt etc)Prise f

sprinkle

[ˈsprɪŋkl] vt to sprinkle with (gen) → cospargere di; (water) → spruzzare di
they are sprinkled about here and there → sono sparsi un po' dovunque
to sprinkle water on → spruzzare dell'acqua su
to sprinkle sugar on, sprinkle with sugar → spolverizzare di zucchero

sprinkle

(ˈspriŋkl) verb
to scatter something over something else in small drops or bits. He sprinkled salt over his food; He sprinkled the roses with water.
ˈsprinkler noun
an apparatus for sprinkling eg water over a lawn.
ˈsprinkling noun
a small amount or a few. There were mostly women at the meeting but there was a sprinkling of men.
References in classic literature ?
X always spoke English to Germans, but his plan was to turn the sentence wrong end first and upside down, according to German construction, and sprinkle in a German word without any essential meaning to it, here and there, by way of flavor.
Is there a peculiar flavour in what you sprinkle from your torch.
She saves a little pepper to sprinkle over her talk--that's the reason why she never puts too much into her pies.
I had but to make the sign of the cross, sprinkle some holy water upon them, and call them by their sweet secret names, and the whole rout had been off to the woods, with mad gambol and song, before the eyes of the astonished farmer.
But what with factories, and pollutions, and high civilizations of one sort and another, English canal water ain't fit to sprinkle on a lady, much less for her to drink.
His despair at being so late bewildered him so entirely that he appeared in his natural form and attempted to sprinkle some black liquid over the bride and bridegroom, which was intended to kill them, but the Fairy stretched out her wand and the liquid dropped on the Magician himself.
The moment the housekeeper saw them she turned about and ran out of the room, and came back immediately with a saucer of holy water and a sprinkler, saying, "Here, your worship, senor licentiate, sprinkle this room; don't leave any magician of the many there are in these books to bewitch us in revenge for our design of banishing them from the world.
She would repeat the same prayers, sprinkle holy water over the sheets, get up, come back to the bed and contemplate the body.
We knew very well that things of this sort were considered vulgar, unless of the purest quality and used with the tact of good society; but still it was permitted to sprinkle a very little lavender, or exquisite eau de cologne, on a pocket-handkerchief.
They washed their hands and took up the barley-meal to sprinkle over the victims, while Chryses lifted up his hands and prayed aloud on their behalf.
Be careful what you do," he said; "if you do not kill yourself, you commit a ridiculous action; and if you were to kill yourself, you sprinkle blood upon the nuptial robe of the princess of England.
To be clean is one thing; to dust, sweep, and sprinkle seven times a day wearies the very Gods themselves.