Definition of sleet in English:



  • 1A form of precipitation consisting of ice pellets, often mixed with rain or snow.

    • ‘Twenty four hours ago I was complaining about the sleet, snow, and freezing temperatures.’
    • ‘A great time was had by all despite the sleet, hail, snow, rain, wind, blisters, and aching knees.’
    • ‘The warmth and pleasantness of the riviera always comes as a delightful contrast to the sleet and snow of the preceding five days.’
    • ‘The photo is slightly murky because of the sleet sheeting down from the sky and the fact that I'm trying to keep my arm from blowing off.’
    • ‘The precipitation was on that borderline between sleet and just frigid rain.’
    • ‘I was right, but I was wrong about what the sleet was foreshadowing.’
    • ‘As long as the north wind blows, and the snow and the sleet drive over the forests and fields, we may be poor, but we must be a hardy, a virtuous, a daring, and if we are worthy of our ancestors, a dominant race.’
    • ‘She sat up in bed, looking out her window at the sleet pouring down it.’
    • ‘Conditions were described as mixed hail / sleet / snow.’
    • ‘The game almost descended into farce with the sleet making any meaningful rugby impossible.’
    • ‘My lesson was inside, because the outdoor arena was too mucky from the sleet.’
    • ‘Eric headed home alone, I needed time to think, the sleet had turned to rain, but I didn't mind being wet.’
    • ‘Staring out the glass doors I saw that the sleet was, now, a curtain of snow.’
    • ‘The next day, I stood outside the front entrance of the high school in the cold, barely feeling the sleet as it rained down around me, knotting in my hair and pooling at my feet.’
    • ‘Then the sleet turned to snow, and it was gently floating in the air and rushing towards us as we drove into it.’
    • ‘I'm bracing up for the sleet that is coming our way this afternoon.’
    • ‘More significantly, I ceased to notice the rain, the sleet and the force - 10 gale.’
    • ‘Through the wind whistling and the sleet pounding on the cobblestones, the old priest made his way to the place where Caryl was lying exhausted after the hours of childbirth.’
    • ‘He climbed back onto his horse, feeling the sleet come down on him again.’
    • ‘Outside, a woman walked along the wet lamp-lit sidewalk through the sleet and snow.’
    1. 1.1US A thin coating of ice formed by sleet or rain freezing on contact with a cold surface.
      • ‘It never snowed in Austin, but that morning there was definitely sleet on the ground.’
      • ‘They slip and fall all over the place as the sleet is piling up.’
      • ‘They're pretty slick from the sleet that's built up.’
      • ‘Elongated strips of icicles dangled from the sides of the shed ceiling, and a thin film of sleet enveloped everything else.’
      • ‘The wipers went to work, pushing the sleet and snow from the windshield.’


  • Sleet falls.

    ‘it was sleeting so hard we could barely see’
    • ‘What about taking photographs when it's actually snowing or sleeting?’
    • ‘The wind had been howling for three days now, a storm from the east that whistled across the high tops and dumped sudden squalls of sleeting rain in the valleys.’
    • ‘A rain machine sends water sleeting down as two carriages lumber into action and Fagin's lone figure hobbles back along the street.’
    • ‘It was sleeting, and my team spotted a ribbon of smoke in the forest and wheeled off the road to a campfire, around which huddled six Lithuanian cyclists.’
    • ‘He saw the shafts sleet down across the fort, and his heart rejoiced, for surely nothing could live under the merciless beating of that steel-pointed blizzard!’
    • ‘The next crossing was the Birch Creek Valley, and it was sleeting.’
    • ‘There are two inches of snow on the course and it was snowing and sleeting there today.’
    • ‘I could walk to the tube… but that isn't an appealing prospect when it's sleeting!’
    • ‘A couple of months ago it was snowing and sleeting but the group still managed to get people out.’
    • ‘Two minutes later, it was sleeting and hailing, we were both soaked to the skin, and we were both miserable.’
    • ‘But it's been sleeting for the last ten minutes and you've been standing out in it.’
    • ‘Car windows are always better open, even if it is raining, sleeting, or well below freezing outside.’
    • ‘It starts to sleet and the judge, Papa, and Grandpa want to turn back.’
    • ‘Life is still much the same: a constant battle against the elements, as wind and sleeting rain batter the coal-mining land to black slush and mud.’
    • ‘Wind and sleeting rain found its way into the tavern as a man stepped in.’
    • ‘All was silent for a while as the pair of them watched the rain sleeting down from the cloudy sky above, not halting once on its flight to the ground.’
    • ‘For all I cared it could've been sleeting down and blowing a gale: I felt better than I had for a long time.’
    • ‘Well, it may be raining, it may be sleeting, it may be freezing on the streets of Philadelphia, but that hasn't prevented hundreds from coming out to say they're against this war.’


Middle English: of Germanic origin; probably related to Middle Low German slōten (plural) hail and German Schlosse hailstone.