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

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)
1.  very light rain, specifically consisting of droplets less than 0.5 mm in diameter
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]

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Word Origin & History

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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very small, numerous water drops that may appear to float while being carried by air currents; drizzle drops generally have diameters between about 0.2 and 0.5 millimetre (0.008 and 0.02 inch). Smaller ones are usually cloud or fog droplets, while larger drops are called raindrops. Drizzle often is accompanied by fog but differs from it because drizzle drops fall to the ground. Drizzle commonly falls from stratus clouds. See also rain.

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Example sentences
Within minutes the clouds lowered, lightning lit the ridges above us, and a pounding rain replaced drizzle.
Drizzle oil over diced bread and sprinkle with salt.
Drizzle the olive oil over the pumpkin seeds and then sprinkle them with salt.
Drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar on top and season with salt and pepper.
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