adjective, rain·i·er, rain·i·est.

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 formsrain·i·ly, adverbrain·i·ness, nounun·rain·y, adjective
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Related Words for rainy

stormy, wet, drizzly, moist, damp, coastal, showery, hyetal, pluvial, pluvious

Examples from the Web for rainy

Contemporary Examples of rainy

Historical Examples of rainy

  • "They ain't got to makin' calendars yet with the rainy day marked on 'em," he would say.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • I went out into the warm and rainy night, but there was no Cadge at the Star office.

  • A dry wash is the bed of a river that runs only in the rainy season.

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

  • I am to get a long ladder and place it at his window the first dark and rainy night we have.

  • Such a one may thus be made on rainy days or in the long winter evenings.

British Dictionary definitions for rainy


adjective rainier or rainiest

characterized by a large rainfalla rainy climate
wet or showery; bearing rain
Derived Formsrainily, adverbraininess, noun
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Word Origin and History for rainy

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

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