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Definition of sprinkle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    sprinkle

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈsprɪŋkl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsprɪŋkl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sprinkle
    BrE BrE//ˈsprɪŋkl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsprɪŋkl//
     
    he / she / it sprinkles
    BrE BrE//ˈsprɪŋklz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsprɪŋklz//
     
    past simple sprinkled
    BrE BrE//ˈsprɪŋkld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsprɪŋkld//
     
    past participle sprinkled
    BrE BrE//ˈsprɪŋkld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsprɪŋkld//
     
    -ing form sprinkling
    BrE BrE//ˈsprɪŋklɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsprɪŋklɪŋ//
     
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  1. 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. Sprinkle the meat lightly with salt.
  2. 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 The screenplay is liberally sprinkled with jokes.
  3. 3[intransitive] (North American English) if it sprinkles, it rains lightly synonym drizzle It's only sprinkling. We can still go out. See related entries: Rain
  4. Word Origin late Middle English: perhaps from Middle Dutch sprenkelen.
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