\ ˈrā-nē How to pronounce rainy (audio) \
rainier; rainiest

Definition of rainy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: marked by, abounding with, or bringing rain rainy weather


geographical name
\ ˈrā-nē How to pronounce Rainy (audio) \

Definition of Rainy (Entry 2 of 2)

river 80 miles (129 kilometers) long on the Canada–U.S. boundary between Ontario and Minnesota flowing from Rainy Lake into Lake of the Woods

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Synonyms for rainy

Synonyms: Adjective

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Examples of rainy in a Sentence

Adjective found that the cold, rainy weather made his joints swell and ache
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Another concern is that ash and debris from the eruptions will form volcanic mudflows, lahars, as St. Vincent prepares for its rainy season. DÁnica Coto, Star Tribune, "UN seeks $29M for St. Vincent amid new volcanic threats," 20 Apr. 2021 California’s lackluster rainy season and already dry fuels are spelling potential disaster as wildfire season is around the corner. Kellie Hwang, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Briefing: Windsor mayor's brother joins in calls for his resignation," 12 Apr. 2021 The only rainy areas on Tuesday should be parts of the interior Northeast and along the coast of the Pacific Northwest. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Election Day weather forecast: Will storms affect voter turnout?," 30 Oct. 2020 The morning of Enzo’s burial, January 20th, was muggy and tempestuous, midway through New Caledonia’s rainy season. Meg Bernhard, The New Yorker, "The Long Trip Home," 11 Apr. 2021 Not a single typhoon made landfall during last year’s rainy season, the first time that had happened since 1964. New York Times, "Drought in Taiwan Pits Chip Makers Against Farmers," 8 Apr. 2021 San Diego County is in the midst of the sixth driest rainy season on record, conditions that could lead to rare and sizable spring wildfires if things stay dry, the National Weather Service said on Tuesday. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lack of rain could produce rare spring wildfire season in greater San Diego," 6 Apr. 2021 The precipitation will be welcome in what has so far been a relatively dry rainy season. Nina Agrawal, Los Angeles Times, "Storm due to bring rain, snow to Southern California starting Tuesday," 7 Mar. 2021 Hikers will find four primary waterfalls along the first seven miles of the trail – though during the rainy season dozens of seasonal waterfalls flow off the cliffs into Eagle Creek. oregonlive, "What you need to know before hiking the reopened Eagle Creek Trail," 9 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of rainy


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rainy was before the 12th century

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“Rainy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rainy. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rainy

: having a lot of rain


\ ˈrā-nē How to pronounce rainy (audio) \
rainier; rainiest

Kids Definition of rainy

: having much rain a rainy season

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