\ 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

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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The island is close to the size of France, and in the rainy season the bush roads turn into impassable rivers of mud. The Economist, "The murky world of Madagascar’s roaring vanilla trade," 5 July 2019 The rainy season is considered June through September, Guy said. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Guadalajara, Mexico, blanketed in freak hailstorm," 1 July 2019 In late May, the 81-year-old was working her way through issues caused by the unusually rainy spring and sorting out ways to repackage all of her farm’s prepared foods to meet the Westport Farmers’ Market’s new plastic-free requirements. Deborah Hornblow, courant.com, "Boutique Farms: Creative And Resourceful Farmers Find Their Artisanal Niche," 25 June 2019 Hoosier farmers struggled to get their crops in the ground on time because a wet winter was followed by a rainy, cool spring, making the soil too wet and leaving equipment stuck in the mud. Nyssa Kruse, Indianapolis Star, "Commercial corn prices are going up. Here's what that could mean for your grocery bill," 17 June 2019 The course has been playing soft all week, moist from a rainy spring and kept damp by the combination of low winds and overcast skies. Brian Costa, WSJ, "What to Watch For at the U.S. Open This Weekend," 15 June 2019 Since track and field practices are held in the rainy spring season, Laurel’s state contender in the long jump competition had a keen interest in the project. Joan Rusek, cleveland.com, "Laurel student Claire Fedor builds bridges to her future: Valley Views," 7 June 2019 Even in April, when the rainy season has subsided, the air is still heavy and wet and pulsing with an uncomfortable heat. Alisha Wainwright, The Hollywood Reporter, "Michael B. Jordan's 'Raising Dion' Co-star Details "Mental Cleanse" During Peru Trip," 7 June 2019 Thanks to an excessively rainy spring — the National Weather Service reported that this May was the wettest on record in the Chicago area since 1871 — some farmers are finding themselves behind this year. Annie Alleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Rainy spring will delay start of season for some Illinois berry farms," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of rainy


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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