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Date: 1300-1400
Origin: Perhaps from Middle Dutch sprenkelen

sprinkle

1 verb
     
sprin‧kle1
1 [transitive] to scatter small drops of liquid or small pieces of something
sprinkle something with something
Sprinkle the top with cheese.
sprinkle something on/over something
I sprinkled cocoa over my latte.
2

be sprinkled with jokes/quotations etc

to be full of jokes etc:
The book is liberally sprinkled with clichés.
3

it is sprinkling

American EnglishHEM if it is sprinkling, it is raining lightly

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