adjective Etymology: Middle English bespreynt, from past participle of besprengen to besprinkle, from Old English besprengan, from be- + sprengan to scatter; akin to Old English springan to spring Date: 14th century archaic sprinkled over

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Besprent — Be*sprent , p. p. [OE. bespreynt, p. p. of besprengen, bisprengen, to besprinkle, AS. besprengan, akin to D. & G. besprengen; pref. be + sprengan to sprinkle. See {Sprinkle}.] Sprinkled over; strewed. [1913 Webster] His face besprent with liquid… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • besprent — [bē sprent′] adj. [ME bespreynt, pp. of besprengen < OE besprengan < be ,BE + sprengan, caus. < springan,SPRING] Old Poet. sprinkled; strewed …   English World dictionary

  • besprent — adjective sprinkled over glistening grass besprent with raindrops • Similar to: ↑wet …   Useful english dictionary

  • besprent — /bi sprent /, adj. Archaic. besprinkled; bestrewn. [1325 75; ME bespre(y)nt, ptp. of besprengen, OE besprengan, equiv. to be BE + sprengan to sprinkle, akin to SPRING] * * * …   Universalium

  • besprent — adj. sprinkled all over (Archaic) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • besprent — be·sprent …   English syllables

  • besprent — be•sprent [[t]bɪˈsprɛnt[/t]] adj. archaic sprinkled over • Etymology: 1325–75; ME bespre(y)nt, ptp. of besprengen, OE besprengan …   From formal English to slang

  • besprent — /bəˈsprɛnt/ (say buh sprent), /bi / (say bee ) adjective Poetic besprinkled; bestrewed. {past participle of bespreng (obsolete), Old English besprengan} …   Australian English dictionary

  • English words first attested in Chaucer — Contents 1 Etymology 2 List 2.1 Canterbury Tales General Prologue …   Wikipedia

  • be|sprent — «bih SPREHNT», adjective. Archaic. sprinkled all over; besprinkled: »What gentle ghost, besprent with April dew Hails me so solemnly? (Ben Jonson). ╂[Middle English bespreynt, past participle of besprengen, Old English besprengan < be on +… …   Useful english dictionary

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