from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To scatter in drops or particles: sprinkled sugar on the cereal.
  • transitive v. To scatter drops or particles on.
  • transitive v. To intersperse with something as if by scattering: sprinkled his speech with quotations.
  • transitive v. To distribute or intersperse at random.
  • intransitive v. To scatter something in drops or particles.
  • intransitive v. To fall or rain in small or infrequent drops.
  • n. The act of sprinkling.
  • n. A light rainfall.
  • n. A small amount; a sprinkling.
  • n. Small particles of candy sprinkled on ice cream as a topping.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To cause (a substance) to fall in fine drops (for a liquid substance) or small pieces (for a solid substance).
  • v. To cover (an object) by sprinkling a substance on to it.
  • v. To drip in fine drops, sometimes sporadically.
  • n. A light covering with a sprinkled substance.
  • n. A light rain shower.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small quantity scattered, or sparsely distributed; a sprinkling.
  • n. A utensil for sprinkling; a sprinkler.
  • intransitive v. To scatter a liquid, or any fine substance, so that it may fall in particles.
  • intransitive v. To rain moderately, or with scattered drops falling now and then.
  • intransitive v. To fly or be scattered in small drops or particles.
  • transitive v. To scatter in small drops or particles, as water, seed, etc.
  • transitive v. To scatter on; to disperse something over in small drops or particles; to besprinkle.
  • transitive v. To baptize by the application of a few drops, or a small quantity, of water; hence, to cleanse; to purify.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To scatter in drops or particles; let fall in minute quantities here and there; strew.
  • To besprinkle; bespatter or bestrew; overspread with drops or particles, as of a powder, liquid, coloring matter, etc.
  • To cleanse with drops, as of water; wash; purify.
  • To distribute here and there; diffuse.
  • To diversify by objects placed here and there over the surface; dot.
  • To issue in fine drops or particles; be sprinkled.
  • To send out sparks; scintillate; sparkle.
  • To rain slightly: used impersonally: as, does it sprinkle?
  • To scatter a liquid or any fine substance so that it may fall in small particles.
  • To dart hither and thither.
  • To make intoxicated or tipsy.
  • n. A utensil for sprinkling; a sprinkler; specifically, a brush for sprinkling holy water; an aspersorium.
  • n. A sprinkling, or falling in drops; specifically, a light rain.
  • n. That which is sprinkled about; hence, a scattering or slight amount; a sprinkling.
  • n. A light tinkling sound; a tinkle.
  • n. Milit., same as morning-star

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a light shower that falls in some locations and not others nearby
  • v. distribute loosely
  • v. rain gently
  • v. cause (a liquid) to spatter about, especially with force
  • v. scatter with liquid; wet lightly
  • n. the act of sprinkling or splashing water


Middle English sprenklen, perhaps of Middle Dutch or Middle Low German origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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