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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 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
1535-1545
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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British Dictionary definitions for drizzly

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 drizzly

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 drizzly

drizzle

noun

drip (1930s+)


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Encyclopedia Article for drizzly

drizzle

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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