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 drizzle (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 drizzle (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 Thursday night will be cloudy with perhaps a few sprinkles or patchy drizzle. Dallas News, "Severe storms possible Friday," 22 Apr. 2021 Spoon the juices from the bowl over top, and season with black pepper, another drizzle of olive oil, and flaky sea salt, if using. Genevieve Ko New York Times, Star Tribune, "Let sheet pans be your savior for quick, easy meals," 7 Apr. 2021 Tonight: Patchy evening drizzle with lingering clouds overnight as lows range from about 35 to 40. Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Damp and dreary with patchy light rain, but turning warmer Wednesday," 16 Mar. 2021 As can a poached egg and a drizzle of Sriracha sauce. Meredith Deeds Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Homemade tomato soup, with a few garnishes, takes mealtime from old standby to new favorite," 21 Apr. 2021 Cook it plain, and then top with sautéed or oven-roasted veggies and herbs, along with an egg, beans, lentils, or tofu for protein, and sliced avocado or a drizzle of pesto for healthy fat. Cynthia Sass, Rd, Health.com, "Is Oatmeal Healthy? Here’s What a Nutritionist Wants You to Know," 20 Apr. 2021 Pour the broth over the pasta and top with the chives, scallions, the remaining almonds, a drizzle of olive oil and the Parmesan, if using. Washington Post, "Toasted almond broth and asparagus turn ravioli into a light springtime dish," 16 Apr. 2021 Most meal bowls begin with a grain such as pasta, rice or quinoa, topped with fresh vegetables, some type of protein (beef, chicken, pork, fish or legumes) and a drizzle of sauce or dressing. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Chicken Satay Bowls are a one-stop Asian dish loaded with vitamins and minerals," 27 Mar. 2021 The modern-day oats are made with love and all the fixings, like peanut butter, blueberries, coconut flakes, cinnamon, and a generous drizzle of honey. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, "Baked Oats Are Our New Favorite Breakfast Food—They're Like a Warm, Fluffy, Single-Batch Muffin," 24 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Place the remaining strawberries into the second layer like before and drizzle with the remaining honey. Christian Reynoso, San Francisco Chronicle, "Not a pastry chef? Here's a Mother's Day ice cream 'cake' to make," 30 Apr. 2021 Spoon slaw over hot dogs in buns and drizzle with more sauce or sriracha. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, "Asian Slaw Dogs," 28 Apr. 2021 Arrange lettuce on a platter and drizzle with dressing. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Salad with green goddess dressing is a heavenly keeper," 27 Apr. 2021 Sauté in a wok with chicken and snap peas, or drizzle with melted chocolate for a quick-yet-impressive dessert. Flora Tsapovsky, Southern Living, "These Are the Best Frozen Fruits To Buy Now," 24 Apr. 2021 Snow tapers off, possibly changing to light rain or drizzle before ending. Washington Post, "A pasty snow may fall heavily Sunday morning in D.C. area," 6 Feb. 2021 Patchy light rain or drizzle this evening, then cloudy and cold. Dallas News, "Sunshine returns Wednesday," 15 Dec. 2020 When cool, cut into bars and drizzle the top decoratively with melted white chocolate. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Chewy date bars recipe," 1 Dec. 2020 Top with more crushed ice, then drizzle the crème de mûre on top. Jason O'bryan, Robb Report, "How to Make a Bramble, a Gin Drink Invented by a Pioneer of the Cocktail Renaissance," 22 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of drizzle was in 1554

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8 May 2021

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“Drizzle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drizzle. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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