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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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  • For a time they had met as they might have met had the interview in her apartment on the drizzly afternoon never occurred.

    Destiny Charles Neville Buck
  • Though a drizzly, sleety day, it did not dampen our ardor—nor that of the mosquitos.

  • It is raining—a cold, drizzly rain, which penetrates through the garments and strikes chill to the bones.

    City Crimes Greenhorn
  • When the morning came, dark and drizzly, she found it hard to keep her word.

    The Hallowell Partnership Katharine Holland Brown
  • It is a drizzly, snowy morning, a kind of moisture that laughs at so-called waterproofs, and would penetrate an air-pump.

  • The day changes as it wears itself away and becomes dark and drizzly.

    Bleak House Charles Dickens
  • "I thought we'd better stay in this drizzly afternoon," remarked Mrs. Hoyt.

    The Four Corners Abroad Amy Ella Blanchard
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+)

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