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\ -​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 \ -​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

There’s hardly a cloud in the sky and not a single rain shower on the horizon—certainly a relief for editors who braved the drizzle and thunderstorms during New York Fashion Week. Phil Oh, Vogue, "Phil Oh’s Best Street Style Photos From Paris Fashion Week," 25 Sep. 2018 The Youth Climate March began in a drizzle, with a forecast of steady, unrelenting rain on the way. Kristen Doerer, Teen Vogue, "Youth Climate Change Activists Marched on Washington, D.C.," 22 July 2018 Toss asparagus with the tiniest drizzle of oil, the lemon zest and a good pinch of salt. 3. Leah Eskin, chicagotribune.com, "Make spring's asparagus even better with bacon," 17 Apr. 2018 The governor's midnight news conference, held just as a drizzle started to fall over the muddy, chaotic rescue site, underscored the lack of a good option to free the boys and their coach after they were found alive Monday night. Shibani Mahtani, chicagotribune.com, "Cave rescue stalls as death of Thai diver underscores perils," 7 July 2018 Our sweat evaporating up towards the distant ceiling & descending down as drizzle in the cooler edges of the building. Nick Williams, Billboard, "Listen to Aussie Beatsmith What So Not's #TBT Mixtape, Inspired by His 'Rock Kid' Origins," 7 June 2018 But Chicago storms back, 12-11, on a day fraught with 35 mph winds and a chilly drizzle. Mike Klingaman, baltimoresun.com, "Remembering 1983: A weekly look at the Orioles' third world championship for April 8-14," 8 Apr. 2018 In small bowl, whisk together lime juice, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper in a small bowl; drizzle over avocado mixture, and stir to coat. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Full of healthful fat, salmon is one of the easiest fish to grill," 24 June 2018 Place on a sheet tray, and drizzle liberally with olive oil and tablespoon of honey. Vitamix, Bon Appetit, "Sumac-Roasted Carrot Dip," 11 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Sweet potato and black bean shepherd's pie; creamy coconut porridge drizzled with juicy goji berries; crispy corn fritters dolloped with avocado mash; Sri Lankan-style curry with sautéed mustard, chick peas, and zucchini. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "A Beginner's Guide to Plant-Based Eating With Deliciously Ella," 15 Sep. 2018 Think: Cozy nights by the fire, morning treats drizzled with maple syrup, and of course, hot chocolate. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "The Must-Have Fall Beauty Products to Last You All Season," 28 Aug. 2018 Urick Concessions is behind some of the Indiana State Fair’s most memorable foods, like the chocolate-sauce-drizzled funnel cake ice cream sandwich. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Insane new Indiana State Fair foods that will complete your summer," 9 July 2018 Cook, shaking the pan occasionally, until the bottoms are lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Scatter the peppers around the potatoes. Generously drizzle the peppers with oil and season with salt. Robin Currie, Philly.com, "Bring the tapas bar home with 'Boqueria'," 5 July 2018 The hotel opened in 1855; in the 1860s, a chef named Anezin (not Sanzian, as sometimes written) began drizzling chocolate icing onto traditional sponge cake filled with vanilla custard. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "Has Boston cream pie been manipulated beyond recognition? It’s a question with many layers.," 21 May 2018 The bakery is a South Side favorite, known for its decadent caramel cake and Obama cake, made with chocolate, yellow and red velvet cake and topped with chocolate drizzled pecans. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "Eataly opens beach-inspired restaurant, plus other restaurant news," 26 June 2018 The red ice-cream comes with ketchup drizzled on top to drive your taste buds insane. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "New frozen treats enter the Houston market," 5 June 2018 The hula hot link sandwich ($10) is a charmingly messy number, piled with creamy slaw, drizzled with barbecue sauce and featuring spicy pork sausage with a great snap and a golden, griddled crust. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Eat Here First in May: 3 new restaurants to try before everybody else does," 15 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 \

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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