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


drizzled; drizzling\ ˈdri-​zə-​liŋ How to pronounce drizzle (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

Other Words from drizzle


drizzlingly \ ˈdri-​zə-​liŋ-​lē How to pronounce drizzle (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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The lack of protection from elements could pose an issue on, say, a race day like last year’s Boston Marathon or even in a mere drizzle due to the prevalence of puddles here in the Pacific Northwest. Elizabeth Carey, Outside Online, 15 Mar. 2019 This vegan roasted butternut squash gets a little extra sweetness from a drizzle of maple syrup. Taylor Worden, Good Housekeeping, 28 Apr. 2022 My two favorite All’Antico sandwiches exalt the Tuscan art of salumi by including only meat and cheese, the saltiness of each sharpened by a drizzle of truffle honey. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, 15 Apr. 2022 El Bulli’s chicken curry featured a quenelle of curry ice cream and a cold curry-flavor granita in a pool of coconut milk, with the protein only present in a last-minute savory drizzle of chicken demi-glace. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Apr. 2022 As long as there has been marine life, there has been marine snow — a ceaseless drizzle of death and waste sinking from the surface into the depths of the sea. New York Times, 3 Apr. 2022 Garnish tart with freshly ground black pepper, a drizzle of aged balsamic and thyme leaves. Joshua David Stein, WSJ, 18 Mar. 2022 As a cold drizzle fell, Payne remembered heated summer games at Crawford Gym, now the site of the Belknap building. Brett Dawson, The Courier-Journal, 19 Mar. 2022 More than 50 people waited in a light drizzle ahead of its 11 a.m. opening. Sue Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 29 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Just arrange tomatoes on a platter with peppery arugula, then drizzle with a dressing that combines balsamic vinegar with maple syrup, which balances out the acidity of the tomato. oregonlive, 11 Aug. 2021 Use a splash in bubbly water, cocktails and tea; drizzle over ice cream or yogurt, or whisk into a vinaigrette. Beth Dooley Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 4 Nov. 2020 Spoon or drizzle the puree into the holes, filling each one up. Washington Post, 11 May 2022 In the same bowl, whisk the remaining coconut milk, the lime juice, and ¼ teaspoon salt, then drizzle over the corn. BostonGlobe.com, 27 July 2021 Strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass, gently drizzle the smoky scotch across the top, and garnish with something aromatically neutral like a ginger candy or else nothing at all. Jason O'bryan, Robb Report, 14 May 2022 Cover with panko and Parmesan, then drizzle with oil. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 25 Apr. 2022 When enough of them congregate high up in trees, their honeydew can drizzle down like sticky rain on innocent people below. Abigail Gruskin, The Atlantic, 6 Apr. 2022 For additional flavor and heat, drizzle your tostada with Varela’s house salsa, made with a Jalisco chile de arbol varietal called chile Yahualica and chile Japones. Cesar Hernandez, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of drizzle


1554, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1584, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for drizzle


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

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“Drizzle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drizzle. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of drizzle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a fine misty rain


drizzled; drizzling

Kids Definition of drizzle (Entry 2 of 2)

: to rain in very small drops

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