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rainy

Syllabification: rain·y
Pronunciation: /ˈrānē
 
/

Definition of rainy in English:

adjective (rainier, rainiest)

(Of weather, a period of time, or an area) having a great deal of rainfall: a rainy afternoon
More example sentences
  • I'm in Houston and we got our first bit of cold, rainy winter weather this week.
  • What better way to spend a rainy holiday summer afternoon in Salcombe or Lowestoft?
  • The rainy weather definitely seems to have moved on as it is sunny this morning.
Synonyms

Origin

Old English rēnig (see rain, -y1).

Phrases

a rainy day

1
Used in reference to a possible time in the future when something, especially money, will be needed: invest and save for a rainy day
More example sentences
  • Where it is expensive, consider saving that extra money to protect against a rainy day.
  • ISAs are probably the best way for us to save money for a rainy day, build up a nest egg and save for the long term.
  • We all know that we should have some money put away for a rainy day.

Derivatives

raininess

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Actually, the rumours of Seattle raininess have been highly exaggerated.

Words that rhyme with rainy

Bahraini, brainy, Chaney, Eugénie, grainy, Janey, Khomeini, veiny, waney, zany

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