Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To rain gently in fine, mistlike drops.
  • intransitive verb To let fall in fine drops or particles.
  • intransitive verb To moisten with fine drops.
  • noun A fine, gentle, misty rain.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A local English name of the young ling. Also called ling-drizzle.
  • To fall, as water from the clouds, in very fine particles; rain in small drops: as, it drizzles; drizzling drops; drizzling rain.
  • To shed in small drops or particles.
  • noun A light rain; mizzle; mist.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To rain slightly in very small drops; to fall, as water from the clouds, slowly and in fine particles
  • transitive verb To shed slowly in minute drops or particles.
  • noun A fine rain or mist.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To rain lightly.
  • verb cooking To pour slowly and evenly, especially with oil in cooking.
  • verb slang To urinate.
  • noun Light rain.
  • noun 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.
  • noun slang Water.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb rain lightly
  • verb moisten with fine drops
  • noun very light rain; stronger than mist but less than a shower

Etymologies

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

[Perhaps from Middle English drisning, fall of dew, from Old English -drysnian (in gedrysnian, to pass away, vanish); see dhreu- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.

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  • 1543, alteration of drysning.

    June 27, 2007