drizzle

[driz-uhl]
verb (used without object), drizzled, drizzling.
1.
to rain gently and steadily in fine drops; sprinkle: It drizzled throughout the night.
2.
to fall in fine drops.
verb (used with object), drizzled, drizzling.
3.
to rain or let fall in fine drops; sprinkle: He drizzled honey over the fruit.
4.
to pour in a fine stream: Drizzle melted butter over the breadcrumb topping.
noun
5.
a very light rain.
6.
Meteorology. precipitation consisting of numerous minute droplets of water less than 1/50 (0.02) inch (0.5 mm).

Origin:
1535–45; perhaps back formation from dryseling, dissimilated variant of Middle English drysning fall (of dew); akin to Old English drēosan to fall; cognate with Old Saxon driosan, Gothic driusan

drizzly, adverb
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drizzle (ˈdrɪzəl)
 
n
1.  very light rain, specifically consisting of droplets less than 0.5 mm in diameter
 
vb
2.  (intr) to rain lightly
3.  (tr) to moisten with tiny droplets
 
[Old English drēosan to fall; related to Old Saxon driosan, Gothic driusan, Norwegian drjōsa]
 
'drizzly
 
adj

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drizzle
1540s, alteration of drysning "a falling of dew" (14c.), from O.E. -drysnian, related to dreosan "to fall." Related: Drizzled; drizzling.
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Example sentences
The village that fills up during the tourist season is deserted, and bleak
  skies alternate with drizzling rain.
One of them drinks some of the water and spirts it into the air, making a fine
  spray in imitation of a mist or drizzling rain.
The sky was full of low clouds and drizzling rain as he went to the train depot.
Drizzling rain and fog provide ideal weather conditions for downy mildew.
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