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STRINKLE, v., n. Also -el, †strenkell.

I. v. tr. To scatter, strew, sprinkle (something) in, over, (up)on (Mry. 1813 W. Leslie Agric. Mry. 467; Rxb. 1942 Zai; Sh., n.Sc., Rxb. 1971); to besprinkle (something) wi(th). Obs. exc. dial. in Eng. Vbl.n. strinklin, -en, a sprinkling, a small quantity of some liquid or granulated substance, e.g. of snow (Abd. 1971) or the like (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., 1914 Angus Gl.). Sc. 1721  R. Wodrow Sufferings ii. xii. s.2:
Nothing but Snow-water, strinkled upon some Oat Meal, to drink.
Sc. 1733  P. Lindsay Interest Scot. 153:
At sowing it [the ground] is all strinkled over with human Ordure.
Sc. 1743  R. Maxwell Select Trans. 83, 250:
You harrow the Field, adding a strinkling of Clover. . . . Cause your Gardener strinkle Turnip-seed upon it.
e.Lth. 1794  G. Buchan-Hepburn Agric. E. Lth. 81:
The plant is laid upon the surface, with a very little dung strinkled upon it.
Fif. 1827  W. Tennant Papistry 199:
Strenkellin', a' round, the fechtar's faces, Wi' its out-waffin' water.
Edb. 1863  J. Smith Hum. Sc. Stories 52:
Strinklin' a pickle broun sugar in't.
Sh. 1893  Sinclair MS. 2:
A peerie sakramint o gjola wi a strinklin o' mell.
Ags. 1911  Rymour Club Misc. I. 176:
Forfar Rhyme on Porridge-making: Steer thick and strinkle thin.
Abd. 1920  A. Robb MS. iii.:
We pat a strinklin' o' strae roon their heids tae keep them clean.
Lth. 1925  C. P. Slater Marget Pow 30:
He had strinkled my room with holy water.
Sh. 1970  New Shetlander No. 94. 27:
Flooers o orange an yallow Strinkled aboot in atween.

II. n. A sprinkling, a scattering or strewing; a small quantity, esp. of a liquid or granulated substance, “of salt, tea, whisky, etc.” (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; Abd., Slg., Wgt. 1971). Abd. 1950  Buchan Observer (12 Sept.):
Gin ye tak' a gweed look at a sheff there as it fa's fae the binder, ye'll notice that the eemist side is some slack an' halla kind, wi' a strinkle o' lowse strae.

[O.Sc. strinkle, to overspread, c.1460, strynkle, to sprinkle, 1513, Early Mid.Eng. strenncle, a sprinkler, prob. an altered form of sprinkle.]

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