From Middle English, from a Germanic language. Skeat, the author of Etymological Dictionary of the English Language, suggests Old Norse slydda (whence Danish slud). The term is akin to dialectal German Schloße (“large hailstone”).
- (chiefly Britain, Ireland) A mixture of rain and snow.
- Rain which freezes before reaching the ground.
- (firearms) Part of a mortar extending from the chamber to the trunnions.
- (impersonal, of the weather) To be in a state in which sleet is falling.
- I won't bother going out until it's stopped sleeting.
- ^ Skeat (in German) considers the English word “sleet” to be a loanword from Scandinavia and cites the Norwegian word “sletta.”