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1. Precipitation consisting of small ice pellets formed by the freezing of raindrops or of melted snowflakes.
2. A mixture of rain and snow or hail.
3. A thin icy coating that forms when rain or sleet freezes, as on trees or streets.
intr.v. sleet·ed, sleet·ing, sleets
To shower sleet.

[Middle English slete, probably from Old English *slēte; akin to German Schlosse, hail.]

sleet′y adj.
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Adj.1.sleety - consisting of or of the nature of frozen or partially frozen rain
frozen - turned into ice; affected by freezing or by long and severe cold; "the frozen North"; "frozen pipes"; "children skating on a frozen brook"
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A fine, sleety snow was beginning to fall, and everyone was afraid of another storm and anxious to have the burial over with.
Then, when the loading finally began, a sleety rain was coming down once more, and the tree trunks were so slippery that it took twice as long as usual to lift them and get them in place on the sledge.
This second tedious captivity drew to an end in the course of time, and again a great crowd of sympathizing fellow students gave him a rousing reception as he came forth; but his delight in his freedom was so boundless that he could not proceed soberly and calmly, but must go hopping and skipping and jumping down the sleety street from sheer excess of joy.
A man who had been in motion since eight o'clock in the morning, and might now have been still, who had been long talking, and might have been silent, who had been in more than one crowd, and might have been alone!Such a man, to quit the tranquillity and independence of his own fireside, and on the evening of a cold sleety April day rush out again into the world!Could he by a touch of his finger have instantly taken back his wife, there would have been a motive; but his coming would probably prolong rather than break up the party.
There had been a heavy snow, and now a thaw had set in; fine sleety rain was falling, driven by a wind that pierced Jurgis to the bone.
Suddenly an influx of light filled my house, though the evening was at hand, and the clouds of winter still overhung it, and the eaves were dripping with sleety rain.
In doing which she lost her temper, or mislaid it for an instant; for, the water being uncomfortably cold, and in that slippy, slushy, sleety sort of state wherein it seems to penetrate through every kind of substance, patten rings included-- had laid hold of Mrs.
They sang until the final whistle, ignoring the constant bursts of often sleety rain on their parade.
Poor old Carluke Rovers make the turgid 60-90 minute trip down to the Ayrshire coast to face Ardeer in freezing, howling winds and torrential sleety rain.
Warriors were in a winter wonderland as they shook off the shivers and jitters at a sleety Scotstoun to snuff out Lyon for the second time in a week.
"Friday will be very windy with gales and squally showers, heavy and sleety at times.