- 1[transitive] to shake small pieces of something or drops of a liquid on something sprinkle A on/onto/over B Sprinkle chocolate on top of the cake. She sprinkled sugar over the strawberries. sprinkle B with A She sprinkled the strawberries with sugar. The sheets and pillows were sprinkled with lavender water.
- 2[transitive, usually passive] sprinkle something with something to include a few of something in something else synonym strew His poems are sprinkled with quotations from ancient Greek. a black velvety sky sprinkled with stars
- 3 [intransitive] if it sprinkles, it rains lightly synonym drizzle It's only sprinkling. We can still go out.
NAmE//ˈsprɪŋkl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sprinkle
he / she / it sprinkles
past simple sprinkled
-ing form sprinkling