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-​zə-​liŋ How to pronounce drizzling (audio) , ˈdriz-​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

Verb

drizzlingly \ ˈdri-​zə-​liŋ-​lē How to pronounce drizzlingly (audio) , ˈdriz-​liŋ-​ \ adverb

Synonyms for drizzle

Synonyms: Noun

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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 Freezing drizzle would fall for the next 12 hours, leading to slick roadways on Wednesday night into early Thursday morning. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "Colorado weather: What’s with these sudden temperature drops?," 7 Nov. 2019 Now, slowly, drizzle the chocolate over the center of filling, moving lengthways from one end to the other. Daniel Wolfe, Quartzy, "Here’s what to do with your leftover candy corn," 30 Oct. 2019 By evening, with a drizzle of rain falling, the neighborhoods in the center of Hong Kong Island had taken on a post-apocalyptic pallor, with wide streets devoid of people and shops and restaurants shut down. New York Times, "Hong Kong Rallies Turn Violent After Thousands Defy Face Mask Ban," 6 Oct. 2019 To serve, drizzle 1 tablespoon raspberry sauce over a brownie and garnish with a raspberry if desired. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Greek yogurt helps cut calories in these easy brownies with raspberry sauce," 11 Aug. 2019 The National Weather Service predicts patchy drizzle and clouds around the Portland metro area Saturday morning, with the sun gradually peeking out through the afternoon. oregonlive.com, "Portland metro Saturday weather: Clouds kick off a moderate weekend," 17 Aug. 2019 Pretend it drizzles and a man in an ugly plastic poncho circles the Mathers, all but sniffing the air warily. Constance Grady, Vox, "Meet the medieval Welsh poet who wrote odes to her vagina," 17 Aug. 2019 Choose from 25 flavors (think chocolate hazelnut, strawberry mango and cookies and cream) then pick your drizzle and toppings. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "San Jose’s SAP Center: 5 great restaurants before the show," 5 July 2019 Los Angeles is expected to see patchy drizzle and fog in the mornings and temperatures hovering in the 70s in the afternoons through the weekend, forecasters said. Hannah Fry, latimes.com, "Summer is rolling in with high temperatures and gusty winds as California braces for fire season," 20 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Slice apples, drizzle them with caramel and then top them off with bits of fun-size Snickers or Mr. Goodbars. Breeanna Hare, CNN, "What to do with your Halloween candy leftovers," 1 Nov. 2019 The whole mess is drizzled with a lemony yogurt sauce that has a whisper of fresh garlic, just enough to give the sauce depth without being too aggressive. oregonlive, "Greek potato nachos are the snackable, craveable mash-up you’ve been missing," 31 Oct. 2019 Trader Joe’s also suggests heating it for 10 to 20 seconds in the microwave and then drizzling it on pumpkin pancakes. Doreen Christensen, sun-sentinel.com, "These new products at Trader Joe’s scream fall," 26 Sep. 2019 Start with quality sourdough or whole-grain bread, then drizzle it with avocado oil and grill. Susan Russo, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Avocado aficionado: Sam the Cooking Guy," 4 June 2018 Turn the speed to medium and slowly begin drizzling in the oil. CBS News, "The Dish: Chef Anya Fernald shares her signature recipes," 24 Aug. 2019 There’s just one waiter, only a handful of tables, no sign, no menu—just whatever was plucked fresh out the sea that morning, drizzled with olive oil and lemon and served on a huge silver platter. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Condé Nast Traveler's Alternative Bucket List," 20 Aug. 2019 The sandwich, $8.95, is a fried chicken breast drizzled with Buffalo sauce and served with bacon and blue cheese rand dressing on a ciabatta bun. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Houston celebs tapped to create sandwiches for charity," 20 Aug. 2019 And dessert: wild berries drizzled in a homemade caramel sauce. Andrea Sachs, chicagotribune.com, "Forest to table: An invitation to a DIY dining adventure in Sweden," 12 Aug. 2019

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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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12 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for drizzle

The first known use of drizzle was in 1554

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More Definitions for drizzle

drizzle

noun
How to pronounce drizzle (audio)

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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