\ 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


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\ 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


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

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White said the rainy pattern will continue Monday but there may be a break in the pattern Monday into Tuesday. Crystal Hill, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis weather: Rain could disrupt Indy Pride festivities," 7 June 2019 While the storms may move out, the rainy pattern will stay in place through the weekend, thanks to a slow-moving area of low pressure combined with moisture-rich air moving northward off the Gulf and the remnants of a tropical disturbance. Leigh Morgan, al.com, "Heavy rain possible across Alabama today. And tomorrow. And the weekend.," 6 June 2019 And De Light, now on €1m-per-week wages at the Toon, would love life in sunny Newcastle, as opposed to the gloomy, rainy, pathetic beaches of Barcelona. SI.com, "Newcastle Takeover: Picking a Completely Realistic Magpies Starting XI Under Rafa Benitez," 5 June 2019 After a rainy weekend, the Metroplex may see more showers and thunderstorms late Tuesday night and Wednesday. Kaley Johnson, star-telegram, "More flash flooding possible in Fort Worth with rain expected tonight, tomorrow," 4 June 2019 The free, two-day-long festival ran June 1-2, 2019, on Larmier Street in Denver, and drew large crowds despite a rainy start to the weekend. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post, "PHOTOS: Denver Chalk Art Festival 2019," 3 June 2019 Today, for a moment, the party's rainy fate seemed sealed. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth's Garden Party "Worry" Nearly Became Reality," 29 May 2019 The best time to plan a visit is late July and August, once the cool, rainy period of the early summer has passed; otherwise, try leaf-peeping season, after harvest has wrapped. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Swiss Wine Vacation We All Need to Take," 11 Sep. 2018 April marks the end of Costa Rica's dry season and the beginning of its rainy season, and any outside water could ruin the rare sample. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Super Rare Mud Meteorite Crashed into a Costa Rican House," 22 May 2019

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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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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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