Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary


noun \ˈsnō\

Simple Definition of snow

  • : soft, white pieces of frozen water that fall to the ground from the sky in cold weather

  • : white dots that appear on the screen of a television when it is receiving a weak signal

Full Definition of snow

  1. 1a :  precipitation in the form of small white ice crystals formed directly from the water vapor of the air at a temperature of less than 32°F (0°C)b (1) :  a descent or shower of snow crystals (2) :  a mass of fallen snow crystals

  2. 2 :  something resembling snow: asa :  a dessert made of stiffly beaten whites of eggs, sugar, and fruit pulp <apple snow>b :  a usually white crystalline substance that condenses from a fluid phase as snow does <ammonia snow>c slang (1) :  cocaine (2) :  heroind :  small transient light or dark spots on a television screen

snow·less play \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of snow

  1. Snow fell softly on the town.

  2. The mountains were blanketed with snow.

  3. She took a walk in the snow.

  4. We haven't had much snow this year.

  5. She went out to shovel the snow.

  6. Soon the warm spring sun will melt the winter snows.

  7. the snows of the Rocky Mountains

  8. A light snow was falling.

Origin of snow

Middle English, from Old English snāw; akin to Old High German snēo snow, Latin niv-, nix, Greek nipha (accusative)

First Known Use: before 12th century




Simple Definition of snow

  • —used with it to say that snow is falling

  • : to impress, deceive, or persuade (someone)

Full Definition of snow

  • intransitive verb
    1. :  to fall in or as snow

    2. transitive verb
    3. 1 :  to cause to fall like or as snow

    4. 2a :  to cover, shut in, or imprison with or as if with snowb :  to deceive, persuade, or charm glibly

    5. 3 :  to whiten like snow

    Examples of snow

    1. <easily snowed by her glib talk>

    2. <the years had snowed his hair to a silvery white, making it difficult at first to recognize her old high school crush>

    14th Century

    First Known Use of snow

    14th century


    biographical name \ˈsnō\

    Definition of Snow

    1. C(harles) P(ercy) 1905–1980 Baron Snow Eng. nov. & physicist


    geographical name

    Definition of Snow

    1. — see maoke

    Medical Dictionary


    noun \ˈsnō\

    Medical Definition of snow

    1. 1:  any of various congealed or crystallized substances resembling snow in appearance <carbon dioxide snow>

    2. 2slang a:  cocaineb:  heroin

    Seen and Heard

    What made you want to look up snow? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


    February 13, 2016

    a trying or distressing experience

    Get Word of the Day daily email!


    Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!


    How much does a batman (the Turkish unit of measurement) weigh?

    196.5 pounds 100 pounds 16.96 pounds 2.2 pounds
    Name That Thing

    10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

    SCRABBLE® Sprint

    Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.