Definition of sleet in English:

sleet

noun

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

    • ‘I'm bracing up for the sleet that is coming our way this afternoon.’
    • ‘He climbed back onto his horse, feeling the sleet come down on him again.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I was right, but I was wrong about what the sleet was foreshadowing.’
    • ‘A great time was had by all despite the sleet, hail, snow, rain, wind, blisters, and aching knees.’
    • ‘The game almost descended into farce with the sleet making any meaningful rugby impossible.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She sat up in bed, looking out her window at the sleet pouring down it.’
    • ‘Then the sleet turned to snow, and it was gently floating in the air and rushing towards us as we drove into it.’
    • ‘Eric headed home alone, I needed time to think, the sleet had turned to rain, but I didn't mind being wet.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Staring out the glass doors I saw that the sleet was, now, a curtain of snow.’
    • ‘Twenty four hours ago I was complaining about the sleet, snow, and freezing temperatures.’
    • ‘More significantly, I ceased to notice the rain, the sleet and the force - 10 gale.’
    • ‘The warmth and pleasantness of the riviera always comes as a delightful contrast to the sleet and snow of the preceding five days.’
    • ‘Outside, a woman walked along the wet lamp-lit sidewalk through the sleet and snow.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Conditions were described as mixed hail / sleet / snow.’
    • ‘My lesson was inside, because the outdoor arena was too mucky from the sleet.’
    1. 1.1US A thin coating of ice formed by sleet or rain freezing on contact with a cold surface.
      • ‘They slip and fall all over the place as the sleet is piling up.’
      • ‘It never snowed in Austin, but that morning there was definitely sleet on the ground.’
      • ‘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.’

verb

[NO OBJECT]it sleets", "it is sleeting, etc.
  • Sleet falls.

    ‘it was sleeting so hard we could barely see’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Two minutes later, it was sleeting and hailing, we were both soaked to the skin, and we were both miserable.’
    • ‘Car windows are always better open, even if it is raining, sleeting, or well below freezing outside.’
    • ‘For all I cared it could've been sleeting down and blowing a gale: I felt better than I had for a long time.’
    • ‘But it's been sleeting for the last ten minutes and you've been standing out in it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A rain machine sends water sleeting down as two carriages lumber into action and Fagin's lone figure hobbles back along the street.’
    • ‘The next crossing was the Birch Creek Valley, and it was sleeting.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It starts to sleet and the judge, Papa, and Grandpa want to turn back.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I could walk to the tube… but that isn't an appealing prospect when it's sleeting!’
    • ‘There are two inches of snow on the course and it was snowing and sleeting there today.’
    • ‘A couple of months ago it was snowing and sleeting but the group still managed to get people out.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What about taking photographs when it's actually snowing or sleeting?’
    • ‘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!’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

sleet

/slēt/