- The definition of a drizzle is a light rain or mist.
An example of a drizzle is a rain that puts many little drops on your windshield.
- Drizzle is defined as to fall in fine drops, or to pour liquid in a thin stream.
- An example of drizzle is for the rain to fall in small, mist-like drops.
- An example of drizzle is to pour a thin line of olive oil over vegetables that you're roasting.
intransitive verbdrizzled, drizzling
Origin of drizzleprobably frequentative of Middle English an unverified form drisnen (found only as gerund, gerundive drisning), to fall as dew, akin to Norwegian dialect, dialectal drysja, to drizzle and amp; Old English dreosan: see dreary
- to let fall in fine, mistlike drops
- Cooking to drip or pour (a liquid) in a fine stream onto (a food)
verbdriz·zled, driz·zling, driz·zles
- To let fall in fine drops or particles: drizzled melted butter over the asparagus.
- To moisten with fine drops: drizzled the asparagus with melted butter.
Origin of drizzlePerhaps from Middle English drisning, fall of dew, from Old English -drysnian (in gedrysnian, to pass away, vanish); see dhreu- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present drizzles, present participle drizzling, simple past and past participle drizzled)
- Light rain.
- (physics, weather). Very small, numerous, and uniformly dispersed water drops, mist, or sprinkle. Unlike fog droplets, drizzle falls to the ground. It is sometimes accompanied by low visibility and fog.
- No longer pouring, the rain outside slowed down to a faint drizzle.
- (slang) Water.
- Stop drinking all of my drizzle!
Perhaps a back-formation from dryseling, a dissimilated variant of Middle English drysning (“a falling of dew”), from Old English drysnan (“to extinguish”), related to Old English drēosan (“to fall, to decline”), making it cognate to modern English droze and drowse.