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sprinkle

sprin·kle

sprinkle

 
 
pronunciation:
sprIng kl
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
features:
Word Combinations (verb), Word Builder
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: sprinkled, sprinkles, sprinkling
definition 1: to scatter or drop (a substance) in droplets or small particles.
synonyms:
powder, spray
similar words:
dash, disperse, dribble, dust, sift, spatter, spit, splash, splatter
definition 2: to scatter or drop droplets or small particles upon.
He is sprinkling the lawn.She sprinkled the salad with grated cheese.
synonyms:
mist, shower, spray
similar words:
bespatter, dust, fog, spatter, splash, splatter, squirt, water
definition 3: to scatter loosely or randomly.
His speech is sprinkled with foreign words.
synonyms:
disperse, intersperse, punctuate, scatter, strew
similar words:
dot, dust, fleck, splash
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to scatter or drop something in droplets or small particles.
synonyms:
splash, spray
similar words:
dribble, dust, plash, sift, spatter, splatter
definition 2: to rain very lightly (often prec. by it).
It has been sprinkling off and on.
similar words:
drizzle, mist, rain, shower, trickle
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a slight amount of rain.
synonyms:
shower
similar words:
scatter
definition 2: a small amount or number.
a sprinkle of applause
synonyms:
dribble, scattering, smattering, trickle
definition 3: the act of sprinkling.
synonyms:
scattering, splash, spraying
Word Builder: sprinkle +
  • sprinkler:
    a machine that sprinkles water.