Variant 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: Middle 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
- sleety adjective
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