driz·​zly ˈdri-zə-lē How to pronounce drizzly (audio)
: characterized or marked by fine rain
a cold, drizzly day
The winter weather in this part of Oregon is gray and drizzly Susan Orlean
It was a September evening, and not yet seven o'clock, but the day had been a dreary one, and a dense drizzly fog lay low upon the great city. Arthur Conan Doyle
Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; … then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can. Herman Melville

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web On a drizzly Saturday morning Oct. 1, a group of about 25 people representing a diverse cross section of Harford County boarded a charter bus for a tour of historic significance. Maria Morales, Baltimore Sun, 2 Nov. 2022 Walking down a drizzly Twenty-ninth Street, Cuomo passed a woman who was sitting in a doorway smoking what appeared to be a crack pipe. Hunter Walker, The New Yorker, 31 Oct. 2022 The last of the lovely autumn weather will soon slide away, and next up on the calendar is November, usually dank and drizzly in this part of the world. Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 Oct. 2022 Getting dressed for a drizzly fall day feels a little more glamorous with a shiny new trench coat. Tiffany Dodson, Harper's BAZAAR, 19 Oct. 2022 So bust out your melanger and add your seed butter one small scoop at a time, then conch for 8–24 hours, yielding honest to God, silky smooth, drizzly chocolate. Nico Avalle, Bon Appétit, 13 Oct. 2022 Her bookish female narrators drift through drizzly streets and nondescript apartments, picking with numb detachment at the wounds left by intimates past and present. Timothy Farrington, WSJ, 30 Sep. 2022 Nation/World LONDON — The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II returned to Buckingham Palace on Tuesday evening, making its way through a drizzly London as crowds lined the route for a glimpse of the hearse and to bid her a final farewell. Jill Lawless And Mike Corder, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Sep. 2022 The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II returned to a drizzly London, making its way toward the monarch’s home Buckingham Palace as crowds lined the route to catch a glimpse of the hearse and to bid her a final farewell. Chicago Tribune Staff, Chicago Tribune, 13 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1694, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of drizzly was in 1694

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“Drizzly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drizzly. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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