- 1 [mass noun] Light rain falling in very fine drops: Scotland will be cloudy with patchy drizzle [in singular]: a steady drizzle has been falling since 3 a.m.More example sentences
- A light drizzle of rain fell, gradually picking up speed and fury.
- The clouds that were grey in the morning were now black and a light drizzle of rain fell on her face.
- By this time, the light drizzle had become steady rain.
- 2(In cookery) a thin stream of a liquid ingredient trickled over food: raw mushrooms, thinly sliced and served with lemon, a little salt, and a drizzle of olive oilMore example sentences
- As you add more oil, you can increase the rate of drizzle to a thin stream.
- It arrived, aromatic strips of grilled meat on a mound of arugula with a crisp baked potato and a drizzle of peppery olive oil.
- Serve with crostini and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, if desired.
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- 1 [no object] (it drizzles, it is drizzling, etc.) Rain lightly: it’s started to drizzleMore example sentences
- Leanne had awoken to another dreary day, the rain drizzling lightly.
- The rain lightly drizzled around us, the air was chilly and I was thankful for wearing my warm coat over a windcheater.
- On the morning of the funeral, the sky was grey and rain was drizzling; perfect funeral weather.
- 2 [with object] (In cookery) trickle a thin stream of (a liquid ingredient) over food: drizzle the clarified butter over the topMore example sentences
- Lay them in a single layer on a baking sheet, and drizzle them with a thin stream of olive oil - it doesn't take much.
- As before, it looked great - the sauce was drizzled around the mousse and a spear of thin biscuit jutted dramatically out of the top.
- In a slow stream, drizzle in enough oil to bind ingredients together until thick and creamy, like mayonnaise.
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- ‘I hereby declare this to be a holiday, Dolly,’ I said, standing in the kitchen doorway contemplating a damp, drizzly, rather chilly and miserable day.
- It was cold and windy and drizzly, so the only thing to do was order a bacon sandwich and a mug of coffee, and watch the leaves fall off the trees by the canal.
- I don't know about you, but I enjoy drizzly, cold winter afternoons - night closing in, lights from the traffic reflected in puddles, hurrying to get back to a nice warm home, that kind of thing.
mid 16th century: probably based on Old English drēosan 'to fall', of Germanic origin; probably related to dreary.