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-​z(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce drizzling (audio) \

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 How to pronounce drizzly (audio) \ adjective

Verb

drizzlingly \ ˈdri-​z(ə-​)liŋ-​lē How to pronounce drizzlingly (audio) \ 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

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 As the highway nears the ocean and enters the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, though, the rain slows to a drizzle. Sunset, "An Epic Adventure on B.C.’s Vancouver Island," 22 Jan. 2018 Nutella Drink Caffe Misto 1 pump chocolate syrup 1 pump hazelnut syrup Caramel drizzle17. Kate Friedman, Glamour, "Starbucks' Secret Menu Is Real: The 41 Best Things to Order," 30 Mar. 2019 When buns have cooled slightly, drizzle a horizontal line across each row of buns followed by a vertical line to form a cross on the crown of each bun. Country Living Staff, Country Living, "The Best Hot Cross Buns Recipe to Make This Easter," 7 Mar. 2019 Reduce speed to medium-low and drizzle in butter, followed by milk. Gabriella Gershenson, WSJ, "Is Boston Cream Pie the World’s Most Delicious...Cake?," 9 Nov. 2018 Once your sponge is ready, drizzle face wash over the sponge and gently massage your face in circular motions until your skin is clean and your makeup is removed. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "How to Use a Konjac Sponge for Your Best Skin Ever," 22 Oct. 2018 Designed to replicate a true rain experience, the Real Rain™ Shower Panel takes you from a gentle drizzle to a warm summer rain and finally, if desired, to a drenching downpour. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "13 Ways To Make Even The Tiniest Bathroom Feel Like A Spa," 21 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The quantity of honey Mr. Jackson drizzled over and around his ribs was gratuitous if not something more unseemly. Peter Meehan, Bon Appetit, "Entering a National Barbecue Competition Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time," 4 June 2018 Serve drizzled with additional hot sauce and with celery, cucumbers, and other veggies for dipping. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Food + Drinks," 27 Dec. 2018 Using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat eggs and brown sugar in a large bowl until more than tripled in volume and mixture holds a ribbon for several seconds when drizzled over itself, 5–7 minutes. Chris Morocco, Bon Appetit, "Gluten-Free Carrot Cake," 14 May 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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