- to rain gently and steadily in fine drops; sprinkle: It drizzled throughout the night.
- to fall in fine drops.
- to pour in a fine stream: Drizzle melted butter over the breadcrumb topping.
- to rain or let fall in fine drops or particles; sprinkle: He then drizzled grated cheese over the hot pasta.
- a very light rain.
- Meteorology. precipitation consisting of numerous minute droplets of water less than 1/50 (0.02) inch (0.5 mm) in diameter.
Origin of drizzle
Examples from the Web for drizzly
But a drizzly ten minutes later, an exuberantly overweight man with a bright-red face suddenly roared his taxi around the corner.The Resurgence of British Cuisine
Condé Nast Traveler
January 17, 2014
On a drizzly morning in Cape Cod, all talk of birthers and beer summits was silenced as hundreds said goodbye to a fallen soldier.Salute to a Noble Marine
August 4, 2009
One hears that the globe is warming but we see little evidence of it here in drizzly London.Obama Meets the Queen
March 31, 2009
The shops were not yet all lighted, and a drizzly rain was falling.Wilfrid Cumbermede
Her hair wet with the drizzly atmosphere hung about her face.
Toward noon the rain turned to a drizzly snow, and finally ceased.The U.P. Trail
Though a drizzly, sleety day, it did not dampen our ardor—nor that of the mosquitos.In Search of a Siberian Klondike
Homer B. Hulbert
When the morning came, dark and drizzly, she found it hard to keep her word.The Hallowell Partnership
Katharine Holland Brown
- very light rain, specifically consisting of droplets less than 0.5 mm in diameter
- (intr) to rain lightly
- (tr) to moisten with tiny droplets
Word Origin and History for drizzly
1540s, perhaps an alteration of drysning "a falling of dew" (c.1400), from Old English -drysnian, related to dreosan "to fall," from PIE root *dhreu- (see drip (v.)). Or perhaps a frequentative of Middle English dresen "to fall," from Old English dreosan. Related: Drizzled; drizzling. As a noun, from 1550s.