• To cause (a substance) to fall in fine drops (for a liquid substance) or small pieces (for a solid substance).
  • To cover (an object) by sprinkling a substance on to it.
  • To drip in fine drops, sometimes sporadically.
  • To rain very lightly outside.
  • To baptize by the application of a few drops, or a small quantity, of water; hence, to cleanse; to purify.


  • A light covering with a sprinkled substance.
  • A light rain shower.
  • An aspersorium or utensil for sprinkling.


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  • From Middle English sprynklen, sprenkelen, equivalent to sprink + -le. Cognate with Dutch sprenkelen, German Low German sprenkeln, German sprenkeln.

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