sleet (n.)

c. 1300, slete, "precipitation of mingled snow and rain," probably from an unrecorded Old English *slete, *slyte, which is perhaps related to Middle High German sloz, Middle Low German sloten (plural) "hail," from Proto-Germanic *slautjan- (source also of dialectal Norwegian slutr, Danish slud, Swedish sloud "sleet"), which is of uncertain etymology. In U.S. especially fine pellets of snow mingled with rain, usually wind-driven.

sleet (v.)

early 14c., sleten, "to rain and snow at the same time," from sleet (n.). Related: Sleeted; sleeting.

updated on December 23, 2022