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 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

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Other Words from drizzle

Verb

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Freezing drizzle has developed Saturday morning in parts of North Texas with thin spots of ice likely on roads and sidewalks. Dallas News, "Major winter storm expected in North Texas," 13 Feb. 2021 For serving, an extra drizzle of olive oil and a few more grinds of black pepper are welcome. Washington Post, "Mashed celery root shines in this bright vegan side dish," 20 Jan. 2021 By late afternoon, the gathering had mirrored the day's weather, a drizzle rather than a storm. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "Lansing protest over the presidential election proves to be a dud," 17 Jan. 2021 Garnish with a drizzle of good olive oil and some flake salt. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Caramelized onions and winter greens combine in a dairy-free dip that feels indulgent," 21 Jan. 2021 Transfer to a bowl, top with an extra drizzle of olive oil, a few more cracks of black pepper and the celery or parsley leaves, and serve. Washington Post, "Mashed celery root shines in this bright vegan side dish," 20 Jan. 2021 And everyone looks forward to a day-after-Thanksgiving turkey sandwich, maybe topped with extra cranberry sauce and a drizzle of gravy. Katie Workman, Star Tribune, "Tips for cooking (and saving) a smaller Thanksgiving feast," 16 Nov. 2020 And on cloudy, misty days with a slow drizzle, squirrel action can be fantastic all day long. Johnny Carrol Sain, Outdoor Life, "The Ultimate Guide to Hunting Squirrels," 6 Oct. 2020 In an ideal world my ideal forecast calls for a light drizzle rain or snow with a light, swirling wind. Tom Keer, Outdoor Life, "These December Deer Drive Tactics Will Save Your Season," 14 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Next, drizzle the salmon with the garlic butter and roast until it’s opaque and flakes easily with a fork. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Garlic Butter Salmon," 19 Feb. 2021 My favorite way to eat homemade ricotta is to spread it on a slice of crusty bread, drizzle it with honey and grate some black pepper on top. Washington Post, "How to make creamy ricotta at home in just 30 minutes," 7 Dec. 2020 Transfer pasta to warm bowls and drizzle with remaining tablespoon olive oil. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Secrets to achieving the perfect pasta pairing," 2 Dec. 2020 New York does not do drizzle or weeks of uninterrupted gray skies. New York Times, "Paris, Shuttered, Must Be Imagined," 30 Jan. 2021 Pour evenly over the top of the cake and let drizzle down the sides. Judy Walker, NOLA.com, "New Orleans food blogger shares 'Recipes My Daddy Never Wrote Down' in her new cookbook," 12 Jan. 2021 Demonstrators also gathered in a cold Christmas Eve drizzle to call for justice in Hill's death. CBS News, "Ohio police chief urges officer who fatally shot Black man be fired," 24 Dec. 2020 Drain, dry and drizzle gnocchi with 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Rancho Loma expands: How a self-taught chef is building a low-key restaurant empire in West Texas," 21 Dec. 2020 On a large, rimmed baking sheet, combine the cauliflower and the garlic cloves; drizzle with 1 tablespoon of the oil, sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon of the salt and toss to coat. Washington Post, "A crunchy, flavorful salad makes great use of cauliflower or any leftover roasted vegetables," 14 Jan. 2021

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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

25 Feb 2021

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“Drizzle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drizzle. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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