Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “sprinkle”


verb [T]
to gently drop small pieces of something over a surface: Sprinkle the cake with sugar before serving.Spreading and scattering
sprinkling noun [no plural] a small amount of a powder or liquid that has been sprinkled on a surface: a sprinkling of pepper/snowCoverings and layersSpreading and scattering
(Definition of sprinkle from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Spreading and scattering, but you might be interested in these topics from the Giving and sharing topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “sprinkle” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


When birds roost, they go somewhere to rest or sleep.

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More