from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Fine rain.
  • To succumb; yield; hence, sometimes, to become tipsy.
  • To disappear suddenly; decamp; run off.
  • To overcome; confuse; entangle mentally.
  • To rain in very fine drops; drizzle.

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

  • intransitive verb To rain in very fine drops; to drizzle.
  • intransitive verb Slang To take one's self off; to go.
  • noun Mist; fine rain.

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  • verb intransitive, UK, North America To rain in very fine drops.
  • noun misty rain or drizzle
  • verb chiefly UK To abscond, scram, flee.

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

  • verb rain lightly
  • noun very light rain; stronger than mist but less than a shower


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From Middle English misellen ("to drizzle"). Cognate with Low German musseln ("to mizzle"), Dutch miezelen ("to drizzle, rain gently"). Of obscure origin, but apparently related to Middle Low German mes ("urine"), Middle Dutch mes, mis ("urine"), both from Old Saxon mehs ("urine"), from Proto-Germanic *mihstuz, *mihstaz, *mihsk- (“urine”), from Proto-Germanic *mīganan (“to urinate”), from Proto-Indo-European *meiǵʰ-, *omeiǵʰ- (“to urinate”). Compare also English micturate ("to urinate"), Old Frisian mese ("urine"), Low German miegen ("to urinate"), Dutch mijgen ("to urinate"), Danish mige ("to urinate").

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  • She met me in front of the house, strutting in triumph, brandishing a little key that caught a glint of sun in the hothouse mizzle.

    --Vladimir Nabokov, 1974, Look at the Harlequins!‎ p. 143

    June 13, 2009

  • Mist morphing into drizzle.

    June 13, 2009

  • Mizzle, a portmanteau of mist and drizzle.

    January 7, 2021