Drizzly

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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