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[rey-nee] /ˈreɪ ni/
adjective, rainier, rainiest.
characterized by rain:
rainy weather; a rainy region.
wet with rain:
rainy streets.
bringing rain:
rainy clouds.
Origin of rainy
before 1000; Middle English reyny, Old English rēnig. See rain, -y1
Related forms
rainily, adverb
raininess, noun
unrainy, adjective Unabridged
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  • It is a rainy day, and I got wet to the skin and thoroughly chilled.

    The Citizen-Soldier John Beatty
  • The rainy weather had indeed been very propitious to the study of German.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • Nothing can be more wretched than travelling in rainy weather.

    Hudson Bay R.M. Ballantyne
  • It cannot be heard at a distance, and in rainy weather is almost inaudible.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • They are covered so, because without it is now cold and rainy, which they cannot bear.

British Dictionary definitions for rainy


adjective rainier, rainiest
characterized by a large rainfall: a rainy climate
wet or showery; bearing rain
Derived Forms
rainily, adverb
raininess, noun
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Word Origin and History for rainy

Old English renig; see rain (n.) + -y (2).

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