from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To rain in fine, mistlike droplets; drizzle.
- n. A mistlike rain; a drizzle.
- intransitive v. Chiefly British Slang To make a sudden departure.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To abscond, scram, flee.
- v. To rain in very fine drops.
- n. misty rain or drizzle
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To rain in very fine drops; to drizzle.
- intransitive v. To take one's self off; to go.
- n. Mist; fine rain.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To rain in very fine drops; drizzle.
- n. Fine rain.
- To succumb; yield; hence, sometimes, to become tipsy.
- To disappear suddenly; decamp; run off.
- To overcome; confuse; entangle mentally.
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- v. rain lightly
- n. very light rain; stronger than mist but less than a shower
Middle English misellen; probably akin to Dutch dialectal mieselen; see meigh- in Indo-European roots.
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English misellen ("to drizzle"). Cognate with Low German musseln ("to mizzle"), Dutch miezelen ("to drizzle, rain gently"). Of obscure origin, but apparently related to Middle Low German mes ("urine"), Middle Dutch mes, mis ("urine"), both from Old Saxon mehs ("urine"), from Proto-Germanic *mihstuz, *mihstaz, *mihsk- (“urine”), from Proto-Germanic *mīganan (“to urinate”), from Proto-Indo-European *meiǵʰ-, *omeiǵʰ- (“to urinate”). Compare also English micturate ("to urinate"), Old Frisian mese ("urine"), Low German miegen ("to urinate"), Dutch mijgen ("to urinate"), Danish mige ("to urinate"). (Wiktionary)