From Middle English, from a Germanic language. Skeat, the author of Etymological Dictionary of the English Language, suggests Old Norse slydda (whence Danish slud). The term is akin to dialectal German Schloße (“large hailstone”).
- (chiefly US) Pellets of ice made of mostly frozen raindrops or refrozen melted snowflakes.
- Synonym: ice pellets
- (chiefly Britain, Ireland, New England) A mixture of rain and snow.
- Synonym: slush
- (rare) A smooth coating of ice formed on ground or other objects by freezing rain.
- (firearms) Part of a mortar extending from the chamber to the trunnions.
- (impersonal, of the weather) To be in a state in which sleet is falling.
- I won't bother going out until it's stopped sleeting.
- sleet on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- Sleet in the Encyclopædia Britannica (11th edition, 1911)
- AMS Glossary of Meteorology
sleet ? (uncountable)
- singular past indicative of slijten
- second- and third-person singular present indicative of sleeën
- (archaic) plural imperative of sleeën