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

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

When the surface is smoking hot, spread the beans in an even layer on the griddle or in the skillets and add another drizzle of oil (about a teaspoon per skillet or a tablespoon for the whole batch). Los Angeles Times, "Matt Molina of Hippo in Highland Park makes perfect green beans," 11 Sep. 2019 The mild flavor of the burrata blossoms thanks to a drizzle of lemon oil on each of the fat dollops that form a concentric circle atop the pie. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Flour + Water Pizzeria, the home of the $8 slice and much, much more," 29 Aug. 2019 Stir your overnight oats with shredded carrots and cinnamon and in the morning, add a drizzle of nut or seed butter. NBC News, "Can your diet save the planet?," 26 Aug. 2019 The Mexican slider fared the worst, with a spread of guacamole that was grayed up and bland, and a drizzle of pico de gallo that also lacked freshness. Chuck Blount, ExpressNews.com, "52 Weeks of Burgers: Tycoon Flats," 23 Aug. 2019 If desired, top with more sea salt, cracked black pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. ***** (Photo: Orry Leon) Gregory Leon recommends Roma or Amish Paste tomatoes (an heirloom plum tomato) to make this traditional Spanish cold soup. Joan Elovitz Kazan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "We challenged local chefs to create 6-ingredient tomato recipes. Here's what they came up with.," 20 Aug. 2019 The strawberry-rhubarb, for instance, is made with both fresh berries and rhubarb, with a cream and cream cheese filling, topped with a crumble and drizzles of white chocolate. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "So hoity-toity! These doughnuts coming to Walnut Hills have class," 23 July 2019 Even humble vanilla ice cream is made memorable with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkling of sea salt—a simple move you might be tempted to try at home. Jessica Henderson, The New Yorker, "Udon Takes On New Texture at Hanon," 12 July 2019 In a large bowl, toss the broccolini with a drizzle of olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Ben Mims, latimes.com, "Grilled Rib-Eye Steak with Pistachio Gremolata and Charred Balsamic Broccolini," 26 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The first course was a tomato salad drizzled with tomato dressing and topped with tomato panna cotta. BostonGlobe.com, "A taste of the red-hot food scene in Cape Town - The Boston Globe," 10 Sep. 2019 Chef David Bouley offers three- and seven-course tasting menus at his French fine-dining concept in the Flatiron District, both of which feature a kuzu crisp starter drizzled with aligote and black truffle. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Antoni Porowski, Bella Twins bring latkes, laughs to USA TODAY Wine & Food Experience in NYC," 8 Sep. 2019 Serve soup drizzled with oil and topped with crispy sage. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup," 28 Aug. 2019 His crepes might sport pork belly in a sweet espresso-maple glaze, drizzled with chile aioli under a soft, runny egg. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "These are the best restaurants in Tempe," 6 Aug. 2019 Enjoy as is, or drain and serve with sliced vine-ripe heirloom tomatoes drizzled with olive oil, sliced charcuterie and a flavorful, fairly salty cheese. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Quick pickling gives fresh veggies and fruit a tangy crunch in a day or less," 16 July 2019 Izard’s menu is full of small bites, beginning of course with tiraditos and ceviches (the former thinly sliced fish drizzled with vinaigrette, the latter diced fish soaked in a citrusy marinade known as leche de tigre). Phil Vettel, chicagotribune.com, "Reviews: Stephanie Izard’s Cabra and Chris Pandel’s Cira make Hoxton a dining destination," 28 June 2019 Breakfast My breakfast is usually leftovers from the night before fried up with eggs or a bowl of cottage cheese and tomato drizzled with balsamic vinegar and sprinkled with the good salt. Stephanie Ganz, Bon Appétit, "How I Conquer Existential Dread By Meal Planning for My Family," 19 June 2019 The drive on Paris began at 7 a.m. yesterday under sullen, drizzling skies. Washington Post, "AP Was There: Allied forces liberate Paris from Nazis," 25 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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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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