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 drizzlySusan 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

Examples of drizzly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As well as adding luminosity and the appearance of healthiness to the skin (timely after a long, drizzly winter), sunbeam blonde makes the hair look–as the name suggests–sun-kissed and natural. Hannah Coates, Vogue, 4 Apr. 2024 But on a drizzly December morning, the situation in Brussels looked bleak. Siobhán O'Grady, Washington Post, 30 Mar. 2024 While metro Phoenix was enjoying a drizzly day on Friday, northern Arizona was facing one of the final storms of winter. Shelby Slade, The Arizona Republic, 16 Mar. 2024 Conservatives say still stricter voting laws are needed On a drizzly Saturday at a strip mall in rural Johnson County, a swath of conservative countryside seeing rapid new growth just southeast of Raleigh, candidate signs sat perched in pickup beds near an early voting site. Chris Kenning, USA TODAY, 1 Mar. 2024 Precipitation totals and cloud cover Even though April is notoriously drizzly, data for every April 8 since 2000 pulled from Weather Underground show little rain. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 20 Feb. 2024 For places like New York City, this will extend what has been a dreary stretch of cloudy and drizzly days during which the sun hasn't shined in five days, since Monday afternoon. Edward Shaw, NBC News, 26 Jan. 2024 And on Friday, the terms drizzly and dripping also seemed appropriate. Martin Weil, Washington Post, 2 Dec. 2023 At the end of a chill and drizzly commute lay the weekend, in which for better or worse confrontation with the elements could often be avoided. Martin Weil, Washington Post, 2 Dec. 2023

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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 20 May. 2024.

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