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

Noun

drizzly \ ˈdri-​zə-​lē How to pronounce drizzly (audio) , ˈdriz-​lē \ adjective

Verb

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

Synonyms for drizzle

Synonyms: Noun

mist, mizzle, sprinkle

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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 restaurant’s Chocoholic Cannoli shake is inspired by Hartford’s Italian bakeries, says owner Gina Luari, loaded with chocolate chips, drizzles of chocolate and white chocolate and crowned with a cannoli. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "Six extreme Connecticut milkshakes that are perfectly Instagrammable," 7 June 2019 Serve slices of pie topped with sweetened whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Old-fashioned icebox pies are easy and delicious," 4 June 2019 This show is not lacking in terms of dedicated fans and participants, so ribbons and trophies were gladly accepted in the drizzle! Matt Hranek, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hilton Head Island, Revisited," 19 Nov. 2018 The Scottish town of Helensburgh, northwest of Glasgow on the banks of the Clyde, is veiled in clouds and drizzle for much of the year. Sarah Medford, WSJ, "An Iconic House in Scotland Gets a Gorgeous Redesign," 30 Apr. 2019 In hockey, even the slow drizzle or misty mornings that permeate our outdoors in non-summer months can wreak serious havoc on ice surfaces and pose a safety hazard to players. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Outdoor NHL game in Seattle? As good a chance as the new team being named ‘Kraken’," 14 Jan. 2019 To serve: Top each waffle with the slaw, drizzle with yogurt sauce, and serve immediately. Sarah Fritsche, San Francisco Chronicle, "Recipe: Falafel Waffles With Armenian Cucumber Slaw," 18 May 2018 Stop to drizzle in the oil and 1 tablespoon of the honey, then add the butter and pulse, about 12 times, until the butter is the size of small pebbles. Ellie Krieger, charlotteobserver, "Mixed-berry galette makes dessert easy as pie," 29 May 2018 The rain has moved to a light drizzle at Pimlico Race Course, but the track is not salvageable. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Preakness Stakes odds with less than four hours to go," 19 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Spoon on the bottom of your bowl, add your tofu and your roast-y cruciferous friends, then drizzle a little more on top because why not. See? Emily Schultz, Bon Appetit, "This Creamy Miso Dressing Will Have You Licking Your Bowl in Front of All Your Coworkers," 19 Mar. 2018 Imagine rich chocolate cake coupled with chocolate mousse, drizzled with sweet cream and topped with fresh seasonal berries. Ruth's Chris Steak House, Bon Appetit, "How a New Orleans Staple Became a Worldwide Steak House Icon," 14 May 2018 The dish is drizzled with a crema sauce and dusted with cotija cheese. Courtney Dabney, star-telegram, "Mesero is spicing up the Clearfork dining scene, and so is its mole | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 22 Mar. 2018 The restaurant will serve a popular Japanese dish: white rice topped with cabbage and fried pork cutlets or shrimp drizzled in black curry sauce. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "Japanese curry franchise to open first Houston restaurant," 26 June 2018 The first cake was designed by her by 5-year-old daughter Penelope and 8-year-old son Mason, who brought out an adorablecreation of ice cream, biscotti and strawberries drizzled in chocolate. Jessica Fecteau, PEOPLE.com, "Kourtney Kardashian Celebrated Her 39th Birthday with Five Elaborate Cakes—See Them All!," 20 Apr. 2018 Process at full speed while slowly drizzling in the olive oil. Sarah Fritsche, San Francisco Chronicle, "Recipe: Kyle Connaughton’s Pea Tendril & Nori “Pesto” With Pea Flowers," 19 Apr. 2018 The result is a fluffy cloud-like topping that then gets drizzled with the sugary vanilla and caramel concoctions. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Is Starbucks' New Cloud Macchiato Healthy? A Nutritionist Weighs In," 5 Mar. 2019 Their organic turkey is drizzled with cornbread dressing, and served with haricots verts, fried onions and caramelized onion gravy. Marley Marius, Vogue, "Where to Dine Out for a Traditional-ish Thanksgiving Meal in New York City," 14 Nov. 2018

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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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More Definitions for drizzle

drizzle

noun

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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