drizzle

noun
driz·​zle | \ ˈdri-zəl How to pronounce drizzle (audio) \

Definition of drizzle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a fine misty rain
2 : something that is drizzled a drizzle of syrup

drizzle

verb
drizzled; drizzling\ ˈdri-​zə-​liŋ How to pronounce drizzling (audio) , ˈdriz-​liŋ \

Definition of drizzle (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to shed or let fall in minute drops or particles
2 : to make wet with minute drops : sprinkle vegetables drizzled with olive oil

intransitive verb

: to rain in very small drops or very lightly : sprinkle

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Other Words from drizzle

Verb

drizzlingly \ ˈdri-​zə-​liŋ-​lē How to pronounce drizzlingly (audio) , ˈdriz-​liŋ-​ \ adverb

Synonyms for drizzle

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of drizzle in a Sentence

Noun Yes, it's raining, but it's only a drizzle. the intermittent drizzle was just heavy enough to spoil all of our outdoor activities Verb It was beginning to drizzle, so she pulled on her hood. The vegetables were drizzled with olive oil.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The rain gave way to light drizzle, although the fog and mist persisted. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Fog, rain, mist, drizzle: D.C. sees it all on a wet Sunday," 30 Dec. 2019 At most, there will be only a light drizzle, Fisher said. Los Angeles Times, "The first rain of the season arrives in L.A. But don’t get too excited — it’s just a drizzle," 26 Sep. 2019 The overcast sky accompanied by a light drizzle on Florida Atlantic on Friday morning cleared up about midway through the football team’s first practice of fall camp. David Furones, sun-sentinel.com, "FAU’s Lane Kiffin says last season in the past as camp opens with QB Chris Robison’s return," 2 Aug. 2019 Despite a light drizzle and a forecast of rain for most of the day, people showed up for the event early. Will Higgins, Indianapolis Star, "In Pence's hometown of Columbus, a gay pride festival draws a larger than expected crowd," 14 Apr. 2018 The shop also offers individual Fun Bundt Cakes, topped with a light drizzle. Dennis Hohenberger, Courant Community, "Cake Plus Candy Makes 'Sweet Equations'," 21 Mar. 2018 At the start of the day a light drizzle was no match for Temple’s stylish 60s nostalgia. Efrain Dorado, RedEye Chicago, "Our 10 best moments from Lollapalooza 2017," 7 Aug. 2017 With a few drizzles of olive oil, some aromatics, and a sweet and a savory companion, feta is just the cheese to morph into a sultry, molten appetizer. Ali Slagle, Washington Post, "This roasted feta with grapes and olives is a salty, tangy powerhouse of an appetizer — with zero effort," 6 Dec. 2019 The Bangkok fries are a punchy little bowl of hedonistic pyrotechnics, doused with green curry and a drizzle of mayonnaise, topped with crispy peanuts, fried shallots and a fragrant shot of Thai basil. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "This Scottsdale cafe is famous for its bagels. But its new dinner menu is fabulous, too," 15 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Monique’s teacher, Andrew Francis, followed her into the drizzling rain to unload several plastic bags from the car. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "Helping San Antonio animals is young woman’s road to independence," 30 Dec. 2019 On weekends, the dining room, festooned cheerfully with laundry-lines of papel picado and Mexican folk art, is open all day, filled with families and groups of people drinking mimosas and snacking on tortilla chips drizzled in mole. Los Angeles Times, "Review: At la Diosa de los Moles, otherworldly cooking from L.A.’s mole goddess," 23 Oct. 2019 Honey is drizzled in the granola bowl at Grand Café, one of several restaurants at the 1,300-acre resort. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Your holiday feast just got more exciting with these recipes from Wisconsin chefs," 17 Dec. 2019 Hundreds of people stood for about 35 minutes in cold, drizzling rain until a firefighter clambered up a ladder and finally pulled the covering off, to a roar from the crowd. Washington Post, "Richmond gets a new soaring statue, this one with dreadlocks," 11 Dec. 2019 Hundreds of people stood for about 35 minutes in cold, drizzling rain until a firefighter clambered up a ladder and finally pulled the covering off, to a roar from the crowd. NBC News, "Richmond gets a new soaring statue, this one with dreadlocks," 11 Dec. 2019 To serve, drizzle each piece with 1 tablespoon maple syrup. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Overnight Pumpkin Breakfast Casserole recipe is easy, time-saving," 23 Nov. 2019 Cauliflower is grated and blended with egg, cornstarch, smoked Gruyère and Parmesan to make a batter, then cooked in a waffle press and drizzled not with maple syrup, but rather a tomato-garlic sauce. Rand Richards Cooper, courant.com, "Review: Now in its third home, Metro Bis in Simsbury offers five-star harmony of setting, service and food," 18 Sep. 2019 Serve them drizzled with olive oil and/or balsamic vinegar. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "Root, root, root for rutabaga, turnips and those other unappreciated vegetables," 8 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of drizzle

Noun

1554, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1584, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for drizzle

Verb

perhaps alteration of Middle English drysnen to fall, from Old English -drysnian to disappear; akin to Goth driusan to fall

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The first known use of drizzle was in 1554

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Last Updated

8 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Drizzle.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drizzle. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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More Definitions for drizzle

drizzle

noun
How to pronounce drizzle (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of drizzle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: rain that falls lightly in very small drops

drizzle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of drizzle (Entry 2 of 2)

: to rain in very small drops
: to pour a small amount of liquid onto or over something

drizzle

noun
driz·​zle | \ ˈdri-zəl How to pronounce drizzle (audio) \

Kids Definition of drizzle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a fine misty rain

drizzle

verb
drizzled; drizzling

Kids Definition of drizzle (Entry 2 of 2)

: to rain in very small drops

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