WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
driz•zle /ˈdrɪzəl/USA pronunciation   v., -zled, -zling, n. 

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

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

    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
    driz•zle  (drizəl), 
    v., -zled, -zling, n. 

  • to rain gently and steadily in fine drops;
    sprinkle:It drizzled throughout the night.
  • to fall in fine drops.

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

  • n. 
  • a very light rain.
  • Meteorology[Meteorol.]precipitation consisting of numerous, minute droplets of water less than &fracnumer;
    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. 

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    drizzle /ˈdrɪzəl/ n
    1. very light rain, specifically consisting of droplets less than 0.5 mm in diameter
    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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