Perhaps a back-formation from dryseling, a dissimilated variant of Middle English drysning (“a falling of dew”), from Old English drysnan (“to extinguish”), related to Old English drēosan (“to fall, to decline”), making it cognate to modern English droze and drowse. Compare also dialectal Swedish drösla.
- (transitive, intransitive) To rain lightly; to shed slowly in minute drops or particles.
- We had planned a picnic for Joe's birthday, but it ended up drizzling all day.
- 1579, Edmund Spenser, The Shepheardes Calender, London, Januarye, Aegloga prima,
- And from mine eyes the drizling teares descend,
- As on your boughes the ysicles depend.
- c. 1594, William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Act III, Scene 5,
- When the sun sets, the air doth drizzle dew;
- But for the sunset of my brother’s son
- It rains downright.
- (cooking, transitive) To pour slowly and evenly, especially oil or honey in cooking.
- The recipe says to toss the salad and then drizzle olive oil on it.
- (cooking, transitive) To cover by pouring in this manner.
- The recipe says to toss the salad and then drizzle it in olive oil.
- (slang) To urinate. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
- (dated) To carry out parfilage, the process of unravelling.
- Light rain.
- (physics, weather). Very small, numerous, and uniformly dispersed water drops, mist, or sprinkle. Unlike fog droplets, drizzle falls to the ground. It is sometimes accompanied by low visibility and fog.
- No longer pouring, the rain outside slowed down to a faint drizzle.
- (slang) Water.
- Stop drinking all of my drizzle!
- A cake onto which icing, honey or syrup has been drizzled in an artistic manner.
- Felicity Cloake
- Drizzle is not normally good news. Not when it's falling from the sky, not when it's replacing a decent helping of sauce, and especially not when it's found on a menu in close proximity to the words "balsamic vinegar". Deliciously sticky, sweet and sour lemon drizzle cake is the one, and very honourable, exception.
- 2009, Jules Stanbridge, Sugar and Spice
- The rest of the day is spent trying to concentrate on ingredient labels, ordering supplies, baking some fairy cakes for a hen party and two lemon drizzles, one for a new baby and one for an old dear's birthday.
- Felicity Cloake
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