\ 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 Some varieties of roses and accent flowers including delphinium were impacted by a rainy spring in Ecuador and Colombia, where many of the blossoms sold in the U.S. are sourced. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "With flowers in short supply, Mother's Day bouquets are pricier this year," 5 May 2021 It’s always nice when a boring, rainy Thursday is suddenly blessed with brand-new music. Emma Specter, Vogue, "13 Thoughts I Had Watching Billie Eilish’s New Music Video," 29 Apr. 2021 But historically, droughts have followed rainy periods in the region, and this year has so far been much drier. Richard Stone, Science | AAAS, "After revival, Iran’s great salt lake faces new peril," 29 Apr. 2021 Writer-director Chen, along with the two leads, delicately navigates this story, and the result is something deeply humanist and nuanced rather than sensational, though the rainy milieu adds drama to the proceedings. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, "Review: A teacher. A student. ‘Wet Season’ delicately lets the story unfold," 29 Apr. 2021 For those who live in rainy locales, Smith recommends sprinkling Mosquito Bits into any standing water. Washington Post, "It’s outdoor entertaining season. Here’s how to keep the bugs at bay.," 26 Apr. 2021 The Twins have another 45-degree, potentially rainy game on deck for Sunday's 1:10 p.m. start against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Target Field. Megan Ryan, Star Tribune, "Twins' Matt Shoemaker looks to bounce back in start against the Pittsburgh Pirates," 25 Apr. 2021 Temperatures are poised to warm on Friday, which is likely to be sunny with a high near 64, but there could be a rainy weekend ahead. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, "Snow flurries in Baltimore? Chilly Thursday will give way to warmer temperatures, forecasters say," 22 Apr. 2021 Before the rainy eighth inning, the Reds were on track for their 10th win of the season. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati Reds and Diamondbacks to pick up suspended game today," 21 Apr. 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 18 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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