Definition of drizzle in US English:



  • 1Light rain falling in very fine drops.

    ‘Boston will be cloudy with patchy drizzle’
    in singular ‘a steady drizzle has been falling since 3 a.m.’
    • ‘For me, the worst scenario was a light misting drizzle or light snowfall, combined with a hard uphill push.’
    • ‘A light drizzle of rain fell, gradually picking up speed and fury.’
    • ‘The night was quiet with a slight drizzle of rain falling on the windows.’
    • ‘It's also good in drizzle or light rain, as it is sheltered in most parts by the trees.’
    • ‘Light drizzle is falling, but the players stay on court.’
    • ‘For this reason, thick drizzle, or even light or small droplet rain, may either not be adequately represented, or not picked up at all!’
    • ‘A shallow gabled roof covered with translucent fiberglass shelters the area from rain and drizzle without blocking the light.’
    • ‘It was dark out, and a steady drizzle of rain fell upon them as the numbness wore away.’
    • ‘He lifted his eyes to the streetlight and watched the fine drizzle fall in its beam of white, and sighed.’
    • ‘The light drizzle had become a steady, lukewarm rain, and footing on the stony beach had become treacherous.’
    • ‘Throughout the day the weather had threatened rain throughout, with only light drizzle to dampen the surface, not enough to warrant a change in tyre choice.’
    • ‘The clouds that were grey in the morning were now black and a light drizzle of rain fell on her face.’
    • ‘By this time, the light drizzle had become steady rain.’
    • ‘At about half race distance light drizzle started to fall and the pit teams prepared the second bike for each rider with rain tyres so that the rider had a choice.’
    • ‘This effect occurs because of air rising on the windward side of the mountains, causing rain and drizzle.’
    • ‘Even the rain seemed to lessen, becoming fine drizzle as opposed to a downpour.’
    • ‘Glancing toward the window, he noted that the light, steady drizzle had not abated.’
    • ‘By mid-day the soft drizzle became a steady downpour, a rain that fell through sunset and then created damp clouds of fog under the street lights.’
    • ‘Light drizzle was falling at the start, but halfway through the rain stopped and a cool breeze kicked in.’
    • ‘Weather forecasters said today would be cloudy with some patchy drizzle throughout the morning.’
    fine rain, scotch mist, sprinkle of rain, light shower, spray
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    1. 1.1in singular (in cooking) a thin stream of a liquid ingredient trickled over food.
      • ‘It arrived, aromatic strips of grilled meat on a mound of arugula with a crisp baked potato and a drizzle of peppery olive oil.’
      • ‘So a simple piece of grilled fish (which is lower in fat than most meats, yet high in protein) perhaps topped with a little drizzle of olive oil or tomato salsa is perfect.’
      • ‘Serve with crostini and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, if desired.’
      • ‘Peel off the skin (sometimes it lifts off with the crust), and serve the fish with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and lemon wedges.’
      • ‘As you add more oil, you can increase the rate of drizzle to a thin stream.’
      trickle, dribble, drip, drop, droplet, stream, rivulet, runnel
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[no object]it drizzles", "it is drizzling, etc.
  • 1Rain lightly.

    ‘it's started to drizzle’
    ‘the drizzling rain’
    • ‘As the slight rain drizzled onto my face, blurring my vision, I remembered Max.’
    • ‘It was a quiet, dark night, foggy and drizzling with rain.’
    • ‘The rain drizzled on their faces constantly, making sure they would not get a moment's comfort.’
    • ‘The rain lightly drizzled around us, the air was chilly and I was thankful for wearing my warm coat over a windcheater.’
    • ‘She could smell the fresh scent of rain, as it drizzled on her hair.’
    • ‘The rain drizzled outside her window as she shivered against the unusually cool air of June.’
    • ‘The sparkling stars of the night sky were now shadowed by dark clouds of gray, and rain drizzled onto the city's buildings.’
    • ‘Rain had drizzled down, over west London for most of the match, but afterwards, the rain faded away, and left a fresh, clear edge to the air - so I suggested that we walk around for a while, before heading homewards.’
    • ‘On the morning of the funeral, the sky was grey and rain was drizzling; perfect funeral weather.’
    • ‘The rain was drizzling on both men, refusing to let up.’
    • ‘In fact, he was downed on the street, rain drizzling on his face.’
    • ‘Leanne had awoken to another dreary day, the rain drizzling lightly.’
    • ‘As the rain drizzled, Alex and I exchanged glances.’
    • ‘The rain still drizzled miserably, and no one was about.’
    • ‘As to add to her dismay, it began to rain softly, drizzling on her head, wetting her hair.’
    • ‘The rain finally drizzled away and stopped; the puddles had already begun to dry up.’
    • ‘My hair and clothes were damp from the rain drizzling slightly, so I shivered a bit in the booth that Alec and I were sharing.’
    • ‘Rain began to slowly drizzle down from the dark night sky.’
    • ‘The clouds parted above me but the rain still drizzled down.’
    • ‘I didn't know if she was crying, because it could of just been rain that drizzled down her cheeks.’
    rain lightly, shower, spot, spit
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    1. 1.1with object Trickle a thin stream of (a liquid ingredient) over food.
      ‘drizzle the clarified butter over the top’
      • ‘As before, it looked great - the sauce was drizzled around the mousse and a spear of thin biscuit jutted dramatically out of the top.’
      • ‘The papillote is cut open and the fennel sauce is drizzled over the salmon.’
      • ‘In a slow stream, drizzle in enough oil to bind ingredients together until thick and creamy, like mayonnaise.’
      • ‘Lay them in a single layer on a baking sheet, and drizzle them with a thin stream of olive oil - it doesn't take much.’
      • ‘Just the right amount of soya and sesame dressing is drizzled over a mound of mixed greens and shredded papaya.’
      trickle, sprinkle, drip, dribble, pour, splash, spill
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Mid 16th century: probably based on Old English drēosan ‘to fall’, of Germanic origin; probably related to dreary.