adjective (rainier, rainiest)
with a lot of rain:
a rainy day
rain‧y /ˈreɪni/ BrE AmE adjective
1. a rainy period of time is one when it rains a lot SYN wet:
a cold rainy day in October
I hate rainy weather.
the rainy season
2. save something for a rainy day to save something, especially money, for a time when you will need it
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▪ rainy a rainy period of time is one when it rains a lot: a cold rainy day in October | The weather continued to be rainy. | The rainy season is in July.
▪ wet rainy. Wet and rainy mean the same and are used in the same way: In Cyprus during the winter, you’ll only have the occasional wet day. | The wet weather is expected to continue. | another wet summer | It's been wet all week.
▪ damp if the air feels damp, there is a lot of ↑moisture in the air and it may be raining slightly: It was a cold damp day. | a damp November morning
▪ showery raining for short periods: the cool, bright, showery weather of early April | The weather will be showery, with some sunny intervals.
▪ drizzly raining slightly, with a lot of mist in the air: The morning was grey and drizzly.
▪ grey British English, gray American English if the sky is grey, there are a lot clouds, and it looks like it will rain: The next morning, the sky was grey. | Then, as if by magic, the sun burst through what had until then been a rather grey day.
rainy [rainy rainier rainiest] [ˈreɪni] [ˈreɪni] adjective (rain·ier, rain·iest)
having or bringing a lot of rain
• a rainy day
• the rainy season
• the rainiest place in Britain
Idiom: save/keep something for a rainy day
Old English rēnig (see rain, -y).
• I went there during the rainy season.
• This valley is said to be the rainiest place in Britain.
• We woke up to a rainy day.
Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary - 4th Edition
rainy / ˈreɪ.ni / adjective
B1 raining a lot:
We had three rainy days on holiday, but otherwise it was sunny.
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During a rainy day, season, or period it rains a lot.
The rainy season in the Andes normally starts in December.
ADJ: usu ADJ n
If you say that you are saving something, especially money, for a rainy day, you mean that you are saving it until a time in the future when you might need it.
I’ll put the rest in the bank for a rainy day.
rainy /ˈreɪni/ adj rain·i·er; -est [also more ~; most ~] : having a lot of rain
• It's been rainy all day today. [=rain has been falling all day]
• rainy weather
for a rainy day informal : for a time in the future when something will be needed
• He set a little money aside for a rainy day. [=he saved a little money so that he would have it if he needed it in the future]
• I have some money that I'm saving for a rainy day.