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v. driz·zled, driz·zling, driz·zles
To rain gently in fine, mistlike drops.
1. To let fall in fine drops or particles: drizzled melted butter over the asparagus.
2. To moisten with fine drops: drizzled the asparagus with melted butter.
A fine, gentle, misty rain.

[Perhaps from Middle English drisning, fall of dew, from Old English -drysnian (in gedrysnian, to pass away, vanish); see dhreu- in Indo-European roots.]

driz′zly adj.
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Adj.1.drizzling - (of rain) falling lightly in very small drops; "a raw drizzing rain"
descending - coming down or downward
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References in classic literature ?
[I have seen that remark before somewhere.] The pier was crowded with carriages and men; passengers were arriving and hurrying on board; the vessel's decks were encumbered with trunks and valises; groups of excursionists, arrayed in unattractive traveling costumes, were moping about in a drizzling rain and looking as droopy and woebegone as so many molting chickens.
The only motion in the air was that of the dripping, microscopic particles of drizzling mist.
The gray day had turned to a light drizzling rain, which freshened the hedgerows and the grassy borders of the by-roads, and hastened the laborers who were loading the last shocks of corn.
Came days of fog, when even Maud's spirit drooped and there were no merry words upon her lips; days of calm, when we floated on the lonely immensity of sea, oppressed by its greatness and yet marvelling at the miracle of tiny life, for we still lived and struggled to live; days of sleet and wind and snow-squalls, when nothing could keep us warm; or days of drizzling rain, when we filled our water-breakers from the drip of the wet sail.
Although the roads were miry, and the drizzling rain came down harder than it had done yet, and although the mud and wet splashed in at the open windows of the carriage to such an extent that the discomfort was almost as great to the pair of insides as to the pair of outsides, still there was something in the motion, and the sense of being up and doing, which was so infinitely superior to being pent in a dull room, looking at the dull rain dripping into a dull street, that they all agreed, on starting, that the change was a great improvement, and wondered how they could possibly have delayed making it as long as they had done.
To make matters worse a drizzling rain came up, and soaked them to the skin; yet all the morning they stood there, creeping slowly toward the goal--all the afternoon they stood there, heartsick, seeing that the hour of closing was coming, and that they were going to be left out.
I was so sensitively aware, indeed, of being younger than I could have wished, that for some time I could not make up my mind to pass her at all, under the ignoble circumstances of the case; but, hearing her there with a broom, stood peeping out of window at King Charles on horseback, surrounded by a maze of hackney-coaches, and looking anything but regal in a drizzling rain and a dark-brown fog, until I was admonished by the waiter that the gentleman was waiting for me.
1/2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling 1/2 small onion, sliced 1/2 small red pepper, thinly sliced into strips 1 garlic clove, halved 227g can chopped tomatoes 1/2 tsp smoked paprika 2 tsp red wine vinegar 210g can butter beans or chickpeas, drained 1/2 tsp sugar 1 slice seeded bread A few parsley sprigs, finely chopped
Dull, dismal and dried faces of heat and thirsty people began to bloom with glee when the most awaited monsoon drizzling drops kissed and embraced them as a boom for them.
INGREDIENTS Serves 2 as a main/6 as a side dish 6 ripe and fragrant on-the-vine tomatoes Half red onion 1 cucumber Half green pepper 50g Kalamata olives A pinch of fresh coriander A generous pinch of Greek dried oregano, plus extra to serve 200g/7oz feta cheese Salt and freshly ground black pepper Olive oil, for drizzling Red wine vinegar, for drizzling METHOD 1.