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rainy

[rey-nee] /ˈreɪ ni/
adjective, rainier, rainiest.
1.
characterized by rain:
rainy weather; a rainy region.
2.
wet with rain:
rainy streets.
3.
bringing rain:
rainy clouds.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English reyny, Old English rēnig. See rain, -y1
Related forms
rainily, adverb
raininess, noun
unrainy, adjective
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  • It's the perfect place to spend a rainy afternoon reading works old and new.
  • Our vehicle pulled into the village late one rainy night.
  • The answer: store sunlight as heat energy for such a rainy day.
  • It is as fresh and clean as a rainy day after a spell of heat.
  • They are all constructed on heavy lines with thick padding which becomes water-soaked in the rainy season.
  • Apparently the region catches a bit of the monsoon, and so has a rainy season.
  • These plains are flooded during the rainy season, dry and parched in the summer, and often burned by fires.
  • The answer: store sunlight as heat energy for such a rainy day.
  • The homeowner now has the beginnings of a tax-advantaged retirement plan, building college funds, and/or rainy day savings.
  • Summer is subject to scorching heat while winter can be cold and rainy.
British Dictionary definitions for rainy

rainy

/ˈreɪnɪ/
adjective rainier, rainiest
1.
characterized by a large rainfall: a rainy climate
2.
wet or showery; bearing rain
Derived Forms
rainily, adverb
raininess, noun
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Word Origin and History for rainy
adj.

Old English renig; see rain (n.) + -y (2).

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