1 of 2


driz·​zle ˈdri-zəl How to pronounce drizzle (audio)
: a fine misty rain
: something that is drizzled
a drizzle of syrup


2 of 2


drizzled; drizzling ˈdri-zə-liŋ How to pronounce drizzle (audio)

transitive verb

: to shed or let fall in minute drops or particles
: to make wet with minute drops : sprinkle
vegetables drizzled with olive oil

intransitive verb

: to rain in very small drops or very lightly : sprinkle
ˈdri-zə-liŋ-lē How to pronounce drizzle (audio)

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Finish each handheld treat with a drizzle of honey and vanilla whipped cream and serve in a short Mason jar ($11 for 12, Target). Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Feb. 2024 Some lingering light snow or drizzle will be possible overnight. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 30 Jan. 2024 Light freezing drizzle is possible tomorrow morning, which may support iso. Tanasia Kenney, Miami Herald, 25 Jan. 2024 Guests can choose between pan-fried or steamed dumplings with a light drizzle of chili sauce. Abigail Wilt, Southern Living, 7 Feb. 2024 Garnish with a drizzle of the salsa macha, onion rings, limes, avocado, cherry tomatoes and cilantro and serve. Kate Bradshaw, The Mercury News, 2 Feb. 2024 Be sure to add a generous drizzle of chocolate over the yummy cheesecake filling. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 31 Jan. 2024 Soy dipping sauce: Whisk soy sauce, sesame oil, mirin (rice wine) and a few drops of chile oil; drizzle over fish. Domenica Marchetti, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Now that your yard is littered with your neighbor’s avocados and mangoes is the time to forage for fresh ones to cut up and eat cold with salt and pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. Carlos Frías, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024
Then drizzle with our simple powdered sugar icing for a pretty red, white, and blue dessert. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Feb. 2024 Place a salmon patty on top of each bun, drizzle with sauce and serve immediately. Gretchen McKay, Twin Cities, 10 Jan. 2024 According to a news release from the company, the salad features Zaxby's fried chicken fingers or grilled chicken on mixed greens, red cabbage, carrots and crispy wonton strips, topped with Asian slaw and drizzled with a honey sesame teriyaki glaze. Gabe Hauari, USA TODAY, 9 Jan. 2024 Sriracha mayonnaise suddenly seemed to be drizzled on everything. Indrani Sen, Fortune, 11 Feb. 2024 For example, stock up on some fun hot sauces to drizzle on your burritos, mix berries into your parfaits, or sprinkle everything bagel spice over your eggs. Ashia Aubourg, SELF, 9 Feb. 2024 Serve on lettuce leaves and drizzle with 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil. Kathleen Purvis, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Remove center of lid and drizzle 2 tablespoons olive oil in a steady stream to emulsify. Judy Revenaugh, Kansas City Star, 30 Jan. 2024 Garnish with cilantro and remaining scallions, and drizzle with remaining sauce. Melissa Clark, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Jan. 2024 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'drizzle.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History



perhaps alteration of Middle English drysnen to fall, from Old English -drysnian to disappear; akin to Goth driusan to fall

First Known Use


1554, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1584, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of drizzle was in 1554

Dictionary Entries Near drizzle

Cite this Entry

“Drizzle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drizzle. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
driz·​zle ˈdriz-əl How to pronounce drizzle (audio)
drizzled; drizzling
: to rain in very small drops


2 of 2 noun
: a fine misty rain

More from Merriam-Webster on drizzle

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!