Definition of sprinkling in English:



  • A small thinly distributed amount of something.

    ‘a sprinkling ofgray in his hair’
    • ‘Most were high schoolers, but there was also a sprinkling of college students and even a few teenyboppers dashing around.’
    • ‘Among the family and friends were a sprinkling of political figures.’
    • ‘Serve in large bowls with liberal sprinklings of Parmesan and huge glasses of wine.’
    • ‘Leave to stand for 10 minutes before serving with soured cream, a sprinkling of dill and buttered black bread.’
    • ‘It was snowing lightly and there was a sprinkling of snow on the ground.’
    • ‘The small ceremony attended by family and a sprinkling of friends was followed by a dinner reception and after-party in the wine cellar and penthouse, respectively, of Hotel Icon.’
    • ‘The sauce was rich and delicately spiced, with a hint of turmeric and a sprinkling of fresh coriander.’
    • ‘While there are sprinklings of humor, overall it's a fairly straightforward film.’
    • ‘Her porcelain complexion had just a sprinkling of light freckles, right across the bridge.’
    • ‘After about 20 minutes, remove the lid and continue to fry for another 5 minutes, adding a sprinkling of sugar to assist the browning and accentuate the natural sweetness of the onions.’
    • ‘There are sprinklings of yellow and white from buttercups and clover, and dock weeds tower above the lot.’
    • ‘A healthy dose of escapism is what we have here, balanced with a sprinkling of scientific facts.’
    • ‘Normally one would expect a journalist to display a certain amount of tact and diplomacy, touched with a sprinkling of humour and objectivity.’
    • ‘She recognized Stardust immediately; he was a black horse with a sprinkling of grey spots on his neck and back.’
    • ‘Many of the ground staff are ex-military, but the board has a number of merchant bankers and there's a sprinkling of journalists, police, former UN staffers and aid workers.’
    • ‘The Rocky Mountains in the west of the State are brown and arid during the summer months with sprinklings of coniferous trees on their parched slopes.’
    • ‘Derived mostly from French (with sprinklings from African, Amerindian, and English dialects), Creole is particularly expressive and idiomatic, using a relatively simple grammatical structure.’
    • ‘Season to taste with black pepper and serve with a sprinkling of freshly grated Parmesan.’
    • ‘For our tour of America we basically had a reserve team with a sprinkling of first-teamers and because of players being missing our results suffered.’
    • ‘A sprinkling of international football stars boosted the celebrity of the gathering alongside politicians, media folk and, of course, men and women of letters from clinical and academic medicine.’
    scattering, sprinkle, scatter, dusting
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