verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of rain
Synonyms for rain
Related Words for rainingsprinkle, patter, bucket, pour, shower, lavish, bestow, hail, storm, fall, mist, drizzle, deposit, sleet
Examples from the Web for raining
Contemporary Examples of raining
Soon after we've begun working, Hitchcock announces he isn't coming to the office because it is raining.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Outside, in the heart of progressive Austin, it was raining cats and dogs.In Texas, Cruz, Perry Crow Over GOP Rout
November 5, 2014
But then Marino checked the weather, and saw that it would be raining all afternoon.‘Marry Me’ Proves Ken Marino Is More Than Just an Asshole
October 14, 2014
It was sunny, it was cloudy, it was raining, it was completely covered in snow, and then by the end of the day it was gone.‘Sharknado 2’ in Winter: Has the Franchise Jumped the Shark?
July 28, 2014
It had been raining, and when they arrived, the ground where he had walked was slick.Doug Kenney: The Odd Comic Genius Behind ‘Animal House’ and National Lampoon
Robert Sam Anson
March 1, 2014
Historical Examples of raining
It knocked off raining, but we shifted ourselves at the galley fire below.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Many a time and oft he has let me go to St. Penfer when it was raining and blowing.A Singer from the Sea
Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
The driver got down from his seat, and declared it was raining too hard for him to remain on the box—'
It was raining in torrents, and the quay was absolutely deserted.
If it was raining, he would sit in the shop reading his newspaper.L'Assommoir
- precipitation from clouds in the form of drops of water, formed by the condensation of water vapour in the atmosphere
- a fall of rain; shower
- (in combination)a raindrop Related adjectives: hyetal, pluvious
- regardless of the weather
- regardless of circumstances
Word Origin for rain
Old English regn "rain," from Proto-Germanic *regna- (cf. Old Saxon regan, Old Frisian rein, Middle Dutch reghen, Dutch regen, German regen, Old Norse regn, Gothic rign "rain"), with no certain cognates outside Germanic, unless it is from a presumed PIE *reg- "moist, wet," which may be the source of Latin rigare "to wet, moisten" (cf. irrigate). Rain dance is from 1867; rain date in listings for outdoor events is from 1948. To know enough to come in out of the rain (usually with a negative) is from 1590s. Rainshower is Old English renscur.
Old English regnian, usually contracted to rinan; see rain (n.), and cf. Old Norse rigna, Swedish regna, Danish regne, Old High German reganon, German regnen, Gothic rignjan. Related: Rained; raining. Transferred and figurative use of other things that fall as rain (blessings, tears, etc.) is recorded from c.1200.
To rain on (someone's) parade is attested from 1941. Phrase to rain cats and dogs is attested from 1738 (variation rain dogs and polecats is from 1650s), of unknown origin, despite intense speculation. One of the less likely suggestions is pets sliding off sod roofs when the sod got too wet during a rainstorm. (Ever see a dog react to a rainstorm by climbing up on an exposed roof?) Probably rather an extension of cats and dogs as proverbial for "strife, enmity" (1570s).
In addition to the idioms beginning with rain
- rain cats and dogs
- rain check
- rain on one's parade
- rain or shine
- rain out
- rainy day, a
- come in out of the rain
- it never rains but it pours
- right as rain