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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
driz•zle /ˈdrɪzəl/USA pronunciation   v., -zled, -zling, n. 

v. [no object]
  1. to rain gently and steadily;
    sprinkle:It was drizzling all day.

n. [uncountable]
  1. a very light rain.
driz•zly, adj.: drizzly weather.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
driz•zle  (drizəl), 
v., -zled, -zling, n. 

v.i. 
  1. to rain gently and steadily in fine drops;
    sprinkle:It drizzled throughout the night.
  2. to fall in fine drops.

v.t. 
  1. to rain or let fall in fine drops; sprinkle:He drizzled honey over the fruit.
  2. to pour in a fine stream:Drizzle melted butter over the breadcrumb topping.

n. 
  1. a very light rain.
  2. Meteorology[Meteorol.]precipitation consisting of numerous, minute droplets of water less than &fracnumer;
    1&fracdenom;
    50&fracend;
    in. (0.5 mm) in diameter.
Etymology:1535–45;
perh. back formation from dryseling, dissimilated variant of Middle English drysning fall (of dew);
akin to Old English drēosan to fall;
cognate with Old Saxon driosan, Gothic driusan
drizzly, adv. 


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

drizzle /ˈdrɪzəl/ n
  1. very light rain, specifically consisting of droplets less than 0.5 mm in diameter
vb
  1. (intransitive) to rain lightly
Etymology: Old English drēosan to fall; related to Old Saxon driosan, Gothic driusan, Norwegian drjōsa

ˈdrizzly adj



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