rainy day


: a period of want or need
saving for a rainy day
rainy-day adjective

Examples of rainy day in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Precipitation totals on rainy days were light, with the highest on record at only one-tenth of an inch. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 21 May 2024 At the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s 2024 commencement on May 16, one of the ceremony’s speakers, Robert Hale Jr., brightened up the rainy day with a special surprise for the crop of 1,200 graduates. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 18 May 2024 Tellez, a veteran firefighter who was in charge of Fire Station No. 53 that rainy day, pulled up to the scene 40 minutes after the call. Tribune News Service, The Mercury News, 17 May 2024 Between May and September, the number of rainy days drops significantly, and the temperature hovers around 70 degrees — arguably the ideal summer temperature. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 13 May 2024 As in donning that old black pajama set, day after gray rainy day, this past L.A. winter. Mariam Rahmani, Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2024 Aside from rainy days, these boots are suitable for mudding, gardening, and even dressing up, according to reviewers. Erika Reals, Peoplemag, 7 May 2024 Folks headed out on their morning commute and errands will want to grab their rain gear as a rainy day is on tap for the Kansas City area Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. Robert A. Cronkleton, Kansas City Star, 18 Apr. 2024 But purposely getting out there on rainy days has a few real advantages, too. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, 18 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1580, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rainy day was circa 1580

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Cite this Entry

“Rainy day.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rainy%20day. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

rainy day

: a period of need or want
set a little money aside for a rainy day
rainy-day adjective

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