\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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As India heads into elections, central-bank technocrats worry that the government may dip into the RBI’s rupee reserves—a rainy-day fund used to shore up public finances—to open the spigots of government largess to voters. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "A $2.6 Trillion Economy Depends on a Credible Central Bank," 1 Nov. 2018 The state has about $2 billion in rainy-day funds, and this year’s state budget left $560 million unspent. Emery P. Dalesio, The Seattle Times, "North Carolina lawmakers mull Hurricane Florence spending," 15 Oct. 2018 The variants shown in Thermaltake’s video look interesting: The fans go translucent to match L.A.’s clear skies, or flicker blue when tied to a rainy New York day. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Thermaltake's Riing 12 Trio RGB fans can be voice-controlled with Amazon's Alexa," 20 July 2018 Almost all of the extra cash will go into the state’s short-term and long-term rainy-day funds — shoring up Virginia’s AAA bond rating. Gregory S. Schneider, Washington Post, "Virginia posts revenue surplus, but is economic growth or tax strategy?," 12 July 2018 Then, on a rainy Friday night three days after his appearance before the city council, Medina failed to show up at the Asia House. Tom Kizzia, Anchorage Daily News, "Who killed Carlos Medina?," 25 Apr. 2018 Paramedics arrive to a rainy mudfest gone bad, with injured people screaming for help and rowdy bystanders getting in the way. Susannah Bryan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Mock disaster scenes let paramedics sharpen skills at competition in Boca Raton," 22 Apr. 2018 Remnants of the once-powerful Category 4 hurricane are now a rainy, windy mass of low pressure. Zeke Miller, The Seattle Times, "Trump to visit North Carolina to survey Florence impact," 18 Sep. 2018 The air was clean and the temperature brisk, with frequent intervals of cloudy, cool, windy and rainy weather interspersed with glorious bursts of sunshine. Doug Hansen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Hiking Spain's wild coast," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of rainy


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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