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 rain in very fine drops.
  • n. misty rain or drizzle
  • v. To abscond, scram, flee.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Mist; fine rain.
  • intransitive v. To rain in very fine drops; to drizzle.
  • intransitive v. To take one's self off; to go.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To rain in very fine drops; drizzle.
  • To succumb; yield; hence, sometimes, to become tipsy.
  • To disappear suddenly; decamp; run off.
  • To overcome; confuse; entangle mentally.
  • n. Fine rain.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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)
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  • Mist morphing into drizzle.

    June 13, 2009

  • She met me in front of the house, strutting in triumph, brandishing a little key that caught a glint of sun in the hothouse mizzle.
    --Vladimir Nabokov, 1974, Look at the Harlequins!‎ p. 143

    June 13, 2009