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drizzle

Drizzle is a very light rain shower. You might grab an umbrella before you head out for a walk in the drizzle.

When the weather report calls for drizzle, you know it's going to be a damp day, although you might leave your galoshes and rain suit at home. Drizzle is heavier than mist, but just a bit — and you can use it as a verb, too: "It's supposed to drizzle this evening, but our picnic is still on." The word drizzle stems from the now-obsolete drysning, "a falling of dew," from the Old English drēosan, "to fall."

Definitions of drizzle
  1. noun
    very light rain; stronger than mist but less than a shower
    synonyms: mizzle
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    type of:
    rain, rainfall
    water falling in drops from vapor condensed in the atmosphere
  2. verb
    rain lightly
    “When it drizzles in summer, hiking can be pleasant”
    synonyms: mizzle
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    type of:
    rain, rain down
    precipitate as rain
  3. verb
    moisten with fine drops
    drizzle the meat with melted butter”
    synonyms: moisten
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    type of:
    splash, splosh, sprinkle
    cause (a liquid) to spatter about, especially with force
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