- The definition of sleet is a form of precipitation that is halfway between rain and snow and that consists of ice pellets, or a thin coating of ice that forms on the ground when there is freezing rain.
Wet ice pellets that are a mix of rain and snow and that fall in the late fall and early winter are an example of sleet.
- Sleet is the falling of partially frozen rain.
When ice pellets like freezing rain fall from the sky in early winter, this is an example of sleet.
- partly frozen rain, or rain that freezes as it falls
- transparent or translucent precipitation in the form of pellets of ice that are smaller than 5 mm (.2 in)
- the icy coating formed when rain freezes on trees, streets, etc.
Origin of sleetMiddle English slete ; from Old English an unverified form sliete, akin to German schlosse, hail ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)leu-, loose, lax from source slur, slug
- Precipitation consisting of small ice pellets formed by the freezing of raindrops or of melted snowflakes.
- A mixture of rain and snow or hail.
- A thin icy coating that forms when rain or sleet freezes, as on trees or streets.
intransitive verbsleet·ed, sleet·ing, sleets
Origin of sleetMiddle English slete, probably from Old English *slēte; akin to German Schlosse, hail.
(third-person singular simple present sleets, present participle sleeting, simple past and past participle sleeted)
- (impersonal, of the weather) To be in a state in which sleet is falling.
- I won't bother going out until it's stopped sleeting.
From Middle English, from a Germanic language. Skeat, the author of Etymological Dictionary of the English Language, suggests Old Norse slydda (whence Danish slud). The term is akin to dialectal German SchloÃŸe (“large hailstone").