Etymology
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drizzle (v.)

1540s, transitive, "shed in small drops;" 1560s, intransitive, "fall in very fine particles, as water from the clouds," of uncertain origin. Perhaps it is an alteration of drysning "a falling of dew" (c. 1400), from Old English -drysnian, which is related to dreosan "to fall" (see dreary). Or perhaps it is a frequentative of Middle English dresen "to fall," from Old English dreosan. Related: Drizzled; drizzling.

As a noun, "a light rain, mist," from 1550s.

updated on October 10, 2018

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Definitions of drizzle from WordNet
1
drizzle (v.)
rain lightly;
When it drizzles in summer, hiking can be pleasant
Synonyms: mizzle
drizzle (v.)
moisten with fine drops;
drizzle the meat with melted butter
Synonyms: moisten
2
drizzle (n.)
very light rain; stronger than mist but less than a shower;
Synonyms: mizzle
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