Meaning of “sprinkle” in the English Dictionary

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sprinkleverb [ T ]

uk /ˈsprɪŋ.kəl/ us /ˈsprɪŋ.kəl/

C2 to drop a few pieces or drops of something over a surface:

Sprinkle a few herbs on the pizza./Sprinkle the pizza with a few herbs.
figurative The speech was liberally sprinkled with (= contained many) jokes about the incident.

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uk /ˈsprɪŋ.kəl/ us /ˈsprɪŋ.kəl/ US also sprinkling

(Definition of “sprinkle” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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sprinkleverb [ I/T ]

us /ˈsprɪŋ·kəl/

to scatter a few drops or small pieces of something:

[ T ] Sprinkle cheese on the pizza.

Someone who says that it is sprinkling means it is raining lightly.

sprinklenoun [ C ]

us /ˈsprɪŋ·kəl/ also sprinkling, /ˈsprɪŋ·klɪŋ/

a light rain:

We might get a sprinkle today.

(Definition of “sprinkle” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)