From Middle English slete, probably from Old English *slēte, *slȳte, *slīete, ultimately derived from or related to Proto-Germanic *slautô (“sleet”). Walter W. Skeat, the author of Etymological Dictionary of the English Language, suggests Old Norse slydda (whence Danish slud (“mixture of rain and snow”)). The word appears to be akin to Low German Sloot (“hail”), 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.
- 2021 February 24, Greg Morse, “Great Heck: a tragic chain of events”, in RAIL, number 925, page 38:
- It was dark, it was cold, it was sleeting - dreadful conditions for driving... perfect conditions for an accident.
- sleet on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- Sleet in the Encyclopædia Britannica (11th edition, 1911)
- AMS Glossary of Meteorology
sleet c (uncountable)
- singular past indicative of slijten
- second- and third-person singular present indicative of sleeën
- (archaic) plural imperative of sleeën