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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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 The main entrance of the school is over a footbridge and is bordered on both sides by a moat-like garden that turns into a creek in rainy weather. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "How Newtown Came Back," 1 Aug. 2018 Cincinnati won 4-3 at Toronto in rainy weather and finished the 2017 regular season with 46 points. Charlie Hatch, Cincinnati.com, "Toronto FC II vs. FC Cincinnati scouting report," 26 June 2018 The party drew more than 100 people despite some rainy weather. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Waukegan Public Library rolls out exhibits about 'community helpers' for Early Learning Center," 22 June 2018 Slated to have started at the end of the school year but delayed due to recent rainy weather, the work will encompass the four-lane, heavily traveled road from FM 2351 to Friendswood Link Road. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "Blackhawk rebuilding project to start in Friendswood," 21 June 2018 Due to continued rainy weather, the Linn Cove Viaduct is going to have to stay closed a bit longer. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Blue Ridge Parkway has flooding, fallen trees, damaged trails, due to record rainfall," 1 June 2018 Save the chore of blade filing or sharpening for a rainy afternoon or an evening. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, "Do I Need To Change My Lawnmower Blades?," 22 Jan. 2019 But given that Thailand’s rainy season can last until October, that plan could take months with complications coming up with rising water levels. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Thai soccer team rescue might need to happen sooner than expected, experts warn," 2 Oct. 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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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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