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drizzle

[driz-uh l] /ˈdrɪz əl/
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 pour in a fine stream:
Drizzle melted butter over the breadcrumb topping.
4.
to rain or let fall in fine drops or particles; sprinkle:
He then drizzled grated cheese over the hot pasta.
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) in diameter.
Origin of drizzle
1535-1545
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
Related forms
drizzly, adverb
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  • Onward the great canopy spread toward the sunlit peaks beyond, leaving a trail of drizzle, sleet and snow.

    Chiquita, an American Novel Merrill Tileston
  • Well, it's only a drizzle and we can take a streetcar to within a block of the house.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • Viewed through the drizzle they appeared to be the reddest, the most inflammatory, the most poisonous-looking whiskers I ever saw!

    Cobb's Bill-of-Fare Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  • He nodded; she jumped out; and they scurried through the drizzle.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • The next morning appeared in a drizzle of rain that followed the beautiful warmth of the day before.

British Dictionary definitions for drizzle

drizzle

/ˈdrɪzəl/
noun
1.
very light rain, specifically consisting of droplets less than 0.5 mm in diameter
verb
2.
(intransitive) to rain lightly
3.
(transitive) to moisten with tiny droplets
Derived Forms
drizzly, adjective
Word Origin
Old English drēosan to fall; related to Old Saxon driosan, Gothic driusan, Norwegian drjōsa
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Word Origin and History for drizzle
v.

1540s, perhaps an alteration of drysning "a falling of dew" (c.1400), from Old English -drysnian, related to dreosan "to fall," from PIE root *dhreu- (see drip (v.)). Or perhaps a frequentative of Middle English dresen "to fall," from Old English dreosan. Related: Drizzled; drizzling. As a noun, from 1550s.

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Slang definitions & phrases for drizzle

drizzle

noun

drip (1930s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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