rainy

adjective
\ 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

Rainy

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

pouring, precipitating, stormy, wet

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Examples of rainy in a Sentence

Adjective

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

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The two worked together through rainy, blustery conditions to catch up to the leaders. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "Now Starring on Marathon Podiums: American Women," 2 Nov. 2018 Low-lying clouds and rainy conditions prevented crews from spotting the wreckage until clearing weather Monday allowed a helicopter to reach the crash site. Dan Joling, Fox News, "4 dead, 1 missing in Alaska sightseeing plane crash," 6 Aug. 2018 Instead of packing up, bust out your Mickey poncho and stick around because rides continue in rainy conditions. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Only True Disney World Fanatics Will Ace This Quiz," 13 July 2018 Dozens of volunteers in fluorescent vests were deployed to restrain demonstrators, and cool rainy weather also appeared to affect enthusiasm. Fares Akram, The Seattle Times, "Rockets from Gaza Strip hit Israel; 4 die at border protest," 31 Mar. 2019 Your pet has their own personal umbrella to bear the rainy weather. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "This Leash Doubles as a Personal Umbrella—Just For Your Dog," 14 Mar. 2019 Wild mushrooms, which can be both toxic and nontoxic, typically grow after a period of rainy weather, which Round Rock has experienced in recent days, according to the news station. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Texas veterinarian warns wild mushrooms after heavy rains can be toxic for pets," 18 Sep. 2018 Some tourists said the rainy weather would not dampen their vacations. CBS News, "Millions throughout Gulf states in Subtropical Storm Alberto's path," 28 May 2018 Pippa Middleton knows how to dress for the rainy London weather. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton Walks with Her New Baby in a Cozy Zara Coat," 3 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of rainy

Adjective

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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More Definitions for rainy

rainy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of rainy

: having a lot of rain

rainy

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

Kids Definition of rainy

: having much rain a rainy season

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