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

Definition of rainy

: marked by, abounding with, or bringing rain rainy weather

Examples of rainy in a Sentence

found that the cold, rainy weather made his joints swell and ache
Recent Examples on the Web They are only caught between April and September, corresponding broadly with rainy season. Chris Dwyer, CNN, 3 Aug. 2022 This keeps us rather cloudy and perhaps somewhat rainy. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, 23 July 2022 Our tester was able to sit immediately without getting her clothing wet, a bonus for those living in rainy climates. Madison Yauger, PEOPLE.com, 22 July 2022 Williamson’s 8-year-old said after the shooting, sitting on a small stool beneath a canopy tent on a quiet, rainy Thursday. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, 22 July 2022 The festival spanned three cloudy, sometimes-rainy days in Chicago’s Union Park, with headlining performances by The National, Mitski, and The Roots. Dora Segall, SPIN, 20 July 2022 On a rainy Wednesday night in Brooklyn, after an introduction with a minimum of fanfare, Janeane Garofalo walked onstage at the Eastville Comedy Club and looked out at a dozen people so scattered that calling them a crowd seems like a stretch. New York Times, 14 July 2022 An area of low pressure is keeping moisture in the air, which is why the rainy pattern has persisted. Chris Perkins, Sun Sentinel, 30 June 2022 Even on a cloudy summer day, the smell of charcoal persisted at Valley Regional Park as families with kids and dogs gathered and brought camping chairs and umbrellas for a rainy start of Taylorsville Dayzz. Alixel Cabrera, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of rainy

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Rainy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rainy. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for rainy


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

Kids Definition of rainy

: having much rain a rainy season

Rainy geographical name

\ ˈrā-nē How to pronounce Rainy (audio) \

Definition of Rainy

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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