\ˈrā-nē \
rainier; rainiest

Definition of rainy 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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


geographical name
\ˈrā-nē \

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

pouring, precipitating, stormy, wet

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Examples of rainy in a Sentence


found that the cold, rainy weather made his joints swell and ache

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But a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels, trapping them. NBC News, "Boys rescued from Thailand cave to be discharged from hospital on Thursday," 14 July 2018 After an excessively rainy May and June, the Chicago area has turned bone dry in July's opening two weeks. Tom Skilling, chicagotribune.com, "Storms to accompany weekend warmth and humidity," 13 July 2018 Many flow as feisty as an overcaffeinated terrier during rainy times and then lie around in sandy pajamas the rest of the year. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "10 best hikes in Arizona show off state's diverse scenery," 13 July 2018 The rainy spring flushed the creeks and rivers and salinity levels are unusually low. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "Explosion of false dark mussels revives hopes for clearer waters and concern for dogs in Anne Arundel County," 11 July 2018 The Corps releases water throughout the summer rainy season to ease pressure on the lake's failing dike. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Political muscle halts release of Lake O's foul water. The reprieve won't last long," 9 July 2018 With the exception of a potentially rainy Tuesday, the National Weather Service is calling for plenty of sun throughout the week, with high temperatures ranging from 87 to 92 degrees and lows ranging from 65 to 71 degrees. Enquirer Staff, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Weather: The sun will be shining ... and beating down," 8 July 2018 In rainy, verdant 2010, Van der Lee and his wife, Monique, purchased a distressed vineyard in Temecula. Nicole Miller-coleman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "As attention on Vinduino grows, so does its market," 7 July 2018 Three women at a domestic violence shelter in Brooklyn sit down on yoga mats facing the door on a rainy February evening. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "This Yoga Program Helps Victims of Domestic Violence Heal," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of rainy


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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for a rainy day

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

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English Language Learners Definition of rainy

: having a lot of rain


\ˈrā-nē \
rainier; rainiest

Kids Definition of rainy

: having much rain a rainy season

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