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

Noun

drizzly \ ˈdri-​zə-​lē How to pronounce drizzly (audio) , ˈdriz-​lē \ adjective

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

Whisk pesto into vinegar, then drizzle over orzo and sprinkle with almonds. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Seared Chicken with Pesto Zucchini Orzo," 9 Aug. 2019 With the blender running at the highest speed, drizzle the olive oil through the feed tube until emulsified. Joe Yonan, The Denver Post, "This elegant, pantry-friendly white gazpacho deserves to be as famous as its red cousin," 31 July 2019 This has the kind of heft that would make an outstanding adults-only drizzle over ice cream. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "The peanut butter-flavored whiskey you didn’t know you need to try," 31 July 2019 Heat the fat in a small skillet, take it off the heat, and add the za'atar—then drizzle over popcorn or toast. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "All About Za’atar, the Spice Mix That We Can’t Stop Sprinkling," 24 July 2019 When ready to serve, whisk the date syrup and lime juice in a small bowl and drizzle over the other ingredients. Nik Sharma, SFChronicle.com, "Recipe: Puffed Rice Salad With Date Syrup & Lime Dressing," 1 July 2019 Teigen’s travel companion in the video proved that cold gravy is a big, goopy block, rather than the liquid that you drizzle over turkey at Thanksgiving. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Chrissy Teigen brought gravy through TSA and exposed a weird loophole," 26 June 2019 Embracing the drizzle outside, the Honest Beauty founder enlisted the help of a good old curling iron and a spritz of strong hold hairspray, courtesy of hair expert Jennifer Yepez. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Jessica Alba Has the Ultimate Rainy Day Hair Solution," 13 May 2019 The forecast for Wednesday calls for overcast and breezy weather with outbreaks of rain and drizzle throughout the day. Los Angeles Times, "U.S. Open winner Gary Woodland remains ‘the other guy’ at British Open," 16 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Serve right away, drizzled with more sauce (about 1 tablespoon more sauce per portion). Ellie Krieger, The Denver Post, "Give your barbecue sauce a summer upgrade with addition of fresh blueberries," 22 July 2019 The tostadas are drizzled with avocado ranch and Hopcat’s vegan jalapeno mayo and garnished with cilantro and a lime wedge. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Hopcat promises quicker, cheaper lunches for those in a rush," 18 July 2019 The wonderful watermelon salad ($14), also on the menu at Ouzo Bay, is drizzled with truffled vinaigrette that adds more complexity to the fruit than was previously thought possible. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "A fun, millennial vibe and tasty fare at Ouzo Beach," 18 July 2019 They're drizzled in a type of Japanese pancake sauce and mayo and then sprinkled bonito flakes, nori, sesame seeds and beni shoga. Christina Kline, CNN, "On National French Fry Day, your questions about fries, answered," 13 July 2019 The shave ice is drizzled with a base of vanilla snow cream syrup, which Davis says tastes like vanilla ice cream, and fresh strawberry syrup. Birmingham Magazine, al.com, "Birmingham City Bite: Shave Ice from Ono Ice," 11 July 2019 After pickling, try stuffing with feta cheese and drizzling with olive oil as a cold mezze alongside olives. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Quick pickling gives fresh veggies and fruit a tangy crunch in a day or less," 16 July 2019 The scallop meats, firm but tender, are served on ginger-garlic jasmine rice and irresistibly drizzled with roasted macadamia cream sauce. Ann Parson, BostonGlobe.com, "Gift from the sea: New Bedford’s bounty starts with scallops," 15 July 2019 Crispy tortilla triangles are smothered in a piquant tomatillo salsa and drizzled with crema. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville’s Con Huevos excels when serving up the most important meal of the day," 10 July 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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