rainier; rainiest
: marked by, abounding with, or bringing rain
rainy weather

Examples of rainy in a Sentence

found that the stretch of cold, rainy weather made his joints swell and ache
Recent Examples on the Web Three years of La Niña brought drought to the region, and then the arrival of El Niño last year helped deliver a painfully short rainy season that failed to replenish the reservoirs. Laura Paddison, CNN, 25 Feb. 2024 The usual winter rainy season in California has been amped up this year by a parade of such storms. Audrey Gray, WIRED, 24 Feb. 2024 While our rainy season has been notably wet for a second year, how state and local water managers respond to the abundance will determine how well California weathers the next drought — which will come. Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 23 Feb. 2024 On what was already a rainy evening, rescuers waded through multiple streams up to their knees. Julia Daye, Sacramento Bee, 20 Feb. 2024 World war, influenza epidemic ... and rainy weather on June 8. Bill Bowden, arkansasonline.com, 18 Feb. 2024 But a recent stretch of foggy and rainy weather has limited the use of drones by both sides. Marc Santora, New York Times, 15 Feb. 2024 The snowy and rainy weather is hindering search efforts. Austin Mullen, NBC News, 7 Feb. 2024 There’s a small possibility that the next system could push the total to 9.79 inches, which is what the airport averages during an entire rainy season. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Rainy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rainy. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


rainier; rainiest
: having much rain

Geographical Definition


geographical name

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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