What does sprinkle mean?

Definitions for sprinkle
ˈsprɪŋ kəlsprin·kle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. scattering, sprinkle, sprinklingnoun

    a light shower that falls in some locations and not others nearby

  2. sprinkle, sprinkling, spargeverb

    the act of sprinkling or splashing water

    "baptized with a sprinkling of holy water"; "a sparge of warm water over the malt"

  3. scatter, sprinkle, dot, dust, disperseverb

    distribute loosely

    "He scattered gun powder under the wagon"

  4. sprinkle, splash, sploshverb

    cause (a liquid) to spatter about, especially with force

    "She splashed the water around her"

  5. sprinkle, spit, spatter, patter, pitter-patterverb

    rain gently

    "It has only sprinkled, but the roads are slick"

  6. sprinkle, sparge, besprinkleverb

    scatter with liquid; wet lightly

    "Sprinkle the lawn"


  1. sprinklenoun

    A light covering with a sprinkled substance.

    He decorated the Christmas card with a sprinkle of glitter.

  2. sprinklenoun

    A light rain shower.

  3. sprinkleverb

    To cause (a substance) to fall in fine drops (for a liquid substance) or small pieces (for a solid substance).

    The confectioner sprinkled icing sugar over the cakes.

  4. sprinkleverb

    To cover (an object) by sprinkling a substance on to it.

    The confectioner sprinkled the cakes with icing sugar.

  5. sprinkleverb

    To drip in fine drops, sometimes sporadically.

    It sprinkled outside all day long.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Sprinkleverb

    Etymology: sprinkelen, Dutch.

    Take handfuls of ashes of the furnace, and let Moses sprinkle it towards the heaven. Ex. ix. 8.

    Sprinkle water of purifying upon them. Num. viii. 7.

    Let us draw near with a true heart, in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience. Heb.

    Wings he wore
    Of many a colour’d plume sprinkled with gold. John Milton.

    The prince, with living water sprinkl’d o’er
    His limbs and body; then approach’d the door,
    Possess’d the porch. John Dryden, Æn.

  2. To Sprinkleverb

    To perform the act of scattering in small drops.

    The priest shall sprinkle of the oil with his finger. Lev. xiv.

    Baptism may well enough be performed by sprinkling, or effusion of water. John Ayliffe, Parergon.

    When dext’rous damsels twirl the sprinkling mop,
    And cleanse the spatter’d sash, and scrub the stairs,
    Know Saturday appears. John Gay, Trivia.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sprinkleverb

    to scatter in small drops or particles, as water, seed, etc

  2. Sprinkleverb

    to scatter on; to disperse something over in small drops or particles; to besprinkle; as, to sprinkle the earth with water; to sprinkle a floor with sand

  3. Sprinkleverb

    to baptize by the application of a few drops, or a small quantity, of water; hence, to cleanse; to purify

  4. Sprinkleverb

    to scatter a liquid, or any fine substance, so that it may fall in particles

  5. Sprinkleverb

    to rain moderately, or with scattered drops falling now and then; as, it sprinkles

  6. Sprinkleverb

    to fly or be scattered in small drops or particles

  7. Sprinklenoun

    a small quantity scattered, or sparsely distributed; a sprinkling

  8. Sprinklenoun

    a utensil for sprinkling; a sprinkler

  9. Etymology: [OE. sprenkelen, freq. of sprengen to sprinkle, to scatter, AS. sprengan, properly, to make to spring, causative of springan to spring; akin to D. sprenkelen to sprinkle, G. sprengen. See Spring, v. i., and cf. Sprent.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sprinkle

    spring′kl, v.t. to scatter in small drops or particles: to scatter on: to baptise with a few drops of water: to purify.—v.i. to scatter in drops.—n. an aspersorium or utensil for sprinkling.—ns. Sprin′kle, Sprin′kling, a small quantity sprinkled: in book-binding, the mottling of the edges of trimmed leaves by scattering a few drops of colour on them; Sprin′kler. [Freq. formed from A.S. sprengan, the causal of springan, to spring; cf. Ger. sprenkeln.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sprinkle in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sprinkle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of sprinkle in a Sentence

  1. Abid Qaiyum Suleri:

    The government should introduce water-efficient seed varieties in water-stressed areas and train farmers on using drip irrigation and sprinkle irrigation to save the scarce resource.

  2. Antony Khoury:

    The sugar should be hot when poured or else it would harden when cold, you can also sprinkle sugar on top and torch it.

  3. Nathan Erdmann:

    We all share concern about marginalized seniors with limited health care access and poorer overall health status, sprinkle a dangerous new pathology that's not well understood on top of that, and you have a recipe for greater disparities in care.

  4. Kylie Ivanir:

    To get even more sulforaphane absorption, you can sprinkle some mustard powder on top, blueberries are rich in certain anti-inflammatory polyphenols known as flavonoids that fight DNA damage and slow age-related damage to brain cells.

  5. Katherine Zeratsky:

    If you really love the taste of salt, instead of cooking with it, sprinkle a little bit on your food before eating it, it gives that same salty taste without being buried in the food.

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  • رشArabic
  • ruixar, arruixarCatalan, Valencian
  • pokropit, postříkatCzech
  • besprühen, sprühen, NieselregenGerman
  • ρίχνωGreek
  • salpicar, espolvorear, rociarSpanish
  • sirotella, ripotella, sirote, tihkusade, pirskottaaFinnish
  • saupoudrer, aspergerFrench
  • crathScottish Gaelic
  • aspergere, spargere, CospargereItalian
  • 振り掛ける, 振り掛け, 蒔く, 播く, 小雨Japanese
  • ಪ್ರೋಕ್ಷಿಸು, ಸಿಂಪಡಿಸು, ಚಿಮುಕು, ತಕ್ಕಳಿಸುKannada
  • 뿌리다Korean
  • asperget eo, spargo, aspergoLatin
  • uwhiuwhiMāori
  • sprenkelenDutch
  • sypnąć, sprysnąć, prysnąć, posypaćPolish
  • побрызгать, брызгать, опрыскивать, прыскатьRussian
  • தூவுவதற்குப்Tamil
  • చిలుకుTelugu
  • שפּריצן, שפּריץYiddish

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    • A. cleave
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