- 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[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[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 Word Origin late Middle English: perhaps from Middle Dutch sprenkelen.
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//Rain