\ 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 Even though many other events on the fairgrounds also have been canceled so far this year, the commission does have some savings and a rainy-day fund to fall back on. Cincinnati.com, "Ohio State Fair to go on hiatus for 2020 due to coronavirus," 21 May 2020 Only 26% of the group of five schools boast a rainy-day fund. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "College athletics could be improved by some big-time reforms. Is the coronavirus pandemic a tipping point?," 21 May 2020 Valli and Roberts, the owners of the Atomic, have been able to pay their staff out of rainy-day savings. Shauna Stuart | Sstuart@al.com, al, "Eric Bennett on mixing drinks for Jimmy Kimmel and the art of bartending during quarantine," 14 May 2020 Watching the amount in the rainy-day fund, savings jar or retirement account grow can encourage savers to stick with healthy financial habits. Julia Carpenter, WSJ, "If Saving During a Pandemic Is Hard, Here’s How to Stay Motivated," 14 May 2020 For one rainy Boston day in May, however, the old game took its last bow. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "Baseball’s Longest Game, 100 Years Ago Today," 1 May 2020 Already low rainy-day funds in some states like Louisiana are expected to be depleted soon, and other states, like Minnesota, have been forced to transfer millions from their general funds to their public health emergencies fund. Aaron Navarro And Grace Segers, CBS News, "Coronavirus has governors predicting big cuts in bid to balance their budgets," 24 Apr. 2020 This is our favorite rainy-day (or city apartment) technique for achieving results similar to what you’d get with a charcoal or gas grill. Saveur, "How to Cook a Burger," 22 Apr. 2020 The Hollywood Reporter spoke with Puck on Wednesday about his policy push, the anxiety of knowing that many of his employees have no rainy-day savings and stress-eating Guittard chocolate in the midst of the crisis. Gary Baum, The Hollywood Reporter, ""Time Is of the Essence": Wolfgang Puck on Why He’s Lobbying Trump for a Restaurant Industry Bailout," 2 Apr. 2020

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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 30 May. 2020.

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How to pronounce Rainy (audio)

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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