Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Characterized by heavy rainfall; rainy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the condition of heavy rain; rainy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Abounding in rain; rainy; pluvial.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Rainy; pluvial.

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French pluvieus, from Latin pluviōsus, from (aqua) pluvia, rain (water), feminine of pluvius, of rain, from pluere, to rain; see pleu- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • He once, indeed, wished that they would amend the roof of his book-room, which “rained in” 23 in a very pluvious manner; but receiving no direct answer from our friend Meiklewham, who neither relished the proposal nor saw means of eluding it, the minister quietly made the necessary repairs at his own expense, and gave the heritors no farther trouble on the subject.

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • A vaporous grey mist had entirely usurped the heavens, and the plash of weary rain resounded through the pluvious metropolis of the west.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 347, September, 1844

  • She was pale, the lips pressed tight, the pluvious eyes blinking rapidly.

    Là-bas

  • Like Chancellor Swithin before him, and like Chancellor Wolsey in a later time, Chancellor Becket was a royal tutor; [35] and like Swithin, who still remains the pluvious saint of humid England, and unlike

    A Book About Lawyers

  • The fate of many a traveller who has since passed through that pluvious region, was

    Eoneguski, or, the Cherokee Chief: A Tale of Past Wars. Vol. I.

  • He once, indeed, wished that they would amend the roof of his book-room, which "rained in" [I-23] in a very pluvious manner; but receiving no direct answer from our friend Meiklewham, who neither relished the proposal nor saw means of eluding it, the minister quietly made the necessary repairs at his own expense, and gave the heritors no farther trouble on the subject.

    St. Ronan's Well

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