drizzle

noun
driz·​zle | \ ˈdri-zəl \

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-​z(ə-​)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 \ ˈdriz-​(ə-​)lē \ adjective

Verb

drizzlingly \ ˈdri-​z(ə-​)liŋ-​lē \ 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

Transfer to a bowl, drizzle with oil, and sprinkle with paprika or crushed red pepper flakes if desired. Joy Bauer, Ms, Woman's Day, "Lentil Hummus," 25 Oct. 2018 Sprinkle each with some of the thyme, a bit of flaky salt, and a drizzle of honey, if using. Jessica Battilana, SFChronicle.com, "Repertoire: Apricot toast is the summer grilling recipe you need," 10 July 2018 Ordering a mushroom taco ($4.50) will get you a corn tortilla stuffed with sautéed crimini and shiitake mushrooms mingled with silky queso fundido (cheese sauce), crunchy bits of bacon and a tenuous drizzle of smooth red salsa with a fiery kick. James Patrick Kelly, idahostatesman, "Boise’s trendy new taquerias redefine the taco – and diners get to taste the difference," 27 June 2018 The Tuscan beef burger shares brioche bun space with mozzarella, tomato, basil, baby spinach, garlic mayonnaise and a drizzle of balsamic reduction. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "18 new restaurants in Carmel, Noblesville, Westfield and Indianapolis' north side," 27 June 2018 Start with a glass of Douro branco and paper-thin octopus carpaccio topped with cilantro, sweet potato chips and a drizzle of olive oil (13.50 euros). New York Times, "36 Hours in Lisbon," 19 Apr. 2018 Pitaya bowls, made of granola, pitaya purée, and an assortment of mango, kiwi, pineapple, coconut, and a drizzle of honey, are priced at $6.95, $9.50 and $14.95, respectively. Michael Klein, Philly.com, "Free açaí bowls at new SoBol in Rittenhouse," 8 Apr. 2018 Sleet, snow and freezing rain or drizzle are likely to fall in the Kansas City area late Wednesday and early Thursday, according to the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, Mo. Robert A. Cronkleton, kansascity, "Another round of freezing rain likely to fall in Kansas City early Thursday | The Kansas City Star," 21 Feb. 2018 Portland resident should expect patchy fog and a 20 percent chance of rain or drizzle before 11 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. Jim Ryan, OregonLive.com, "Portland metro Tuesday weather: Expect temps in the 50s, patchy morning fog," 6 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The 125-recipe cookbook, which hits stores tomorrow, features brunch highlights, sensory-scintillating hors d’oeuvres, and unforgettable main courses, like the signature curry fried chicken drizzled with spiced honey. Sunset, "Bring Home the Magic of One of SF’s Best Restaurants," 22 Jan. 2018 The frosting drizzled over the crust of sugar crystals was pure icing on the cake. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Try one of these top 13 best-reviewed Louisville restaurants of 2018," 15 June 2018 Add oil very slowly, drizzled in blender while on to fully incorporate. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Salad love: Creative, anything-goes approach will win your heart," 17 Apr. 2018 Water drizzled off the tarp edges, down the concrete walls and past exposed wiring. Matt Gross, New York Times, "Where to Find Bangkok’s Best Street Food While You Can," 9 Apr. 2018 Also hard to resist is the burrata with thin slices of mango drizzled in aged balsamic with mint. Linda Bladholm, miamiherald, "Argentine and Spanish dishes in a Balinese setting set this Bal Harbor restaurant apart | Miami Herald," 5 Apr. 2018 The cobbler, from Seattle’s late Boat Street Cafe, went on to become our favorite family dessert, with a delectable top crust formed by drizzling hot water over sugar. Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, "Food52.com writer Kristen Miglore’s book ‘Genius Desserts’ includes several sweet Seattle specialties," 27 Nov. 2018 One picks out your bars' custom toppings, pulls out your candy-wafer choices, and drizzles a line of chocolate syrup on top of each one. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Yes, we flew to Japan to watch someone pour liquid nitrogen on custom Kit Kats," 28 Oct. 2018 The salad dressing was then warmed and drizzled over the dish, while the leftover salad pieces were added as decoration. Olivia Putnal, Woman's Day, "10 Fast Food Items Turned Into Fancy Dishes," 2 Nov. 2010

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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 \

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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