sprinkle

A sprinkle is a light shower of something, often water. It’s also a verb that means to gently scatter something. A sprinkle of snow won’t cause school to close, but a sprinkle of fairy dust could transport you to a magical land.

When there’s a sprinkle of rain, you should bring an umbrella just in case it turns into a downpour. A sprinkler causes a sprinkle of water to fall on the flowerbeds, and if it’s really hot, it can be fun to play under. At the Memorial Day parade, the firefighters might sprinkle confetti over the crowd — and if you’re lucky, they’ll sprinkle candy, too. Speaking of candy, a sprinkle is also a tiny treat often sprinkled on your ice cream.

Definitions of sprinkle
  1. verb
    scatter with liquid; wet lightly
    Sprinkle the lawn”
    synonyms: besprinkle, sparge
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    type of:
    wet
    cause to become wet
  2. verb
    rain gently
    “It has only sprinkled, but the roads are slick”
    synonyms: patter, pitter-patter, spatter, spit
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    type of:
    rain, rain down
    precipitate as rain
  3. verb
    distribute loosely
    synonyms: disperse, dot, dust, scatter
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    spray
    scatter in a mass or jet of droplets
    spray
    be discharged in sprays of liquid
    plash, spatter, splash, splatter, splosh, swash
    dash a liquid upon or against
    splash, splosh
    cause (a liquid) to spatter about, especially with force
    bespangle
    dot or sprinkle with sparkling or glittering objects
    aerosolise, aerosolize
    disperse as an aerosol
    shower
    spray or sprinkle with
    atomise, atomize
    spray very finely
    mist
    spray finely or cover with mist
    syringe
    spray or irrigate (a body part) with a syringe
    puddle
    make a puddle by splashing water
    slosh, slosh around, slush, slush around
    spill or splash copiously or clumsily
    salt
    sprinkle as if with salt
    drizzle, moisten
    moisten with fine drops
    type of:
    discharge
    pour forth or release
  4. verb
    cause (a liquid) to spatter about, especially with force
    synonyms: splash, splosh
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    salt
    sprinkle as if with salt
    drizzle, moisten
    moisten with fine drops
    type of:
    disperse, dot, dust, scatter
    distribute loosely
  5. noun
    the act of sprinkling or splashing water
    synonyms: sparge, sprinkling
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    watering
    wetting with water
  6. noun
    a light shower that falls in some locations and not others nearby
    synonyms: scattering, sprinkling
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    type of:
    rain shower, shower
    a brief period of precipitation
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