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, 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

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 Rest the salmon on top of the potatoes and drizzle around the plate with pesto. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "He never gets tired of the Hot Brown, but chef at The Brown Hotel is always looking ahead," 20 Mar. 2018 To serve: scatter with parsley and drizzle on the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A 'reluctant' Israeli chef's messy journey to success," 20 Mar. 2018 This conversation occurred a month ago, in a light drizzle outside the players’ entrance of the NovaCare Complex. Marcus Hayes, Philly.com, "Eagles assistant Duce Staley doesn't need your pity | Marcus Hayes," 6 July 2018 But, the Bobcats refused to go away during the game that was played in a steady drizzle. Craig Clary, baltimoresun.com, "Towson advances to state semifinals for first time in 13 years with triumph over Bel Air," 16 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The bananas weren’t dusted with powdered sugar or drizzled with a chocolate glaze. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "A giant of Congress has passed leaving scores of martial arts disciplines behind," 5 May 2018 Anderes also offers fresh oysters, a scallop crudo, and fresh prawns, headless (perhaps these are being served at MFK?) and served curling over avocado halves sprinkled with a paprika-espelette pepper blend and drizzled with apple balsamic vinegar. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Bar Biscay is a trippy vision of a land far away," 5 Apr. 2018 Bell peppers Lucas Zarebinski How to eat them: Chop up bell peppers and serve them with hummus or drizzled with a little red-wine vinegar, salt and pepper. Alexandra Sifferlin, Time, "The 7 Best Foods for Fighting Inflammation," 2 Apr. 2018 There are many ways to eat a peach — in a pie, in homemade ice cream, grilled and drizzled with balsamic reduction. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "In search of summer's perfect peach," 22 June 2018 Think polenta cakes topped with chubby blackberries baked with flecks of Earl Grey and lemon tarts drizzled with tiny threads of dark chocolate. Genevieve Roth, Bon Appetit, "Fire Island Rustic Bakeshop Gets Me Through the Long Alaskan Winter," 6 June 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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