noun \ˈdri-zəl\

: rain that falls lightly in very small drops

Full Definition of DRIZZLE

:  a fine misty rain
:  something that is drizzled <a drizzle of syrup>
driz·zly \ˈdriz-(ə-)lē\ adjective

Examples of DRIZZLE

  1. Yes, it's raining, but it's only a drizzle.
  2. <the intermittent drizzle was just heavy enough to spoil all of our outdoor activities>

First Known Use of DRIZZLE


Other Climate/Meteorology Terms

monsoon, occlusion, ozone, rime, squall, zephyr



: to rain in very small drops

: to pour a small amount of liquid onto or over something

driz·zleddriz·zling \-z(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of DRIZZLE

transitive verb
:  to shed or let fall in minute drops or particles
:  to make wet with minute drops :  sprinkle <vegetables drizzled with olive oil>
intransitive verb
:  to rain in very small drops or very lightly :  sprinkle
driz·zling·ly \-z(ə-)liŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of DRIZZLE

  1. It was beginning to drizzle, so she pulled on her hood.
  2. The vegetables were drizzled with olive oil.

Origin of DRIZZLE

perhaps alteration of Middle English drysnen to fall, from Old English -drysnian to disappear; akin to Gothic driusan to fall
First Known Use: 1584

Rhymes with DRIZZLE


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