abominable snowman


abominable snow·​man
-ˌman How to pronounce abominable snowman (audio)
often capitalized A&S
: a mysterious creature with human or apelike characteristics reported to exist in the high Himalayas

called also yeti

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The wild man of the snows, the glacier spirit, the abominable snowman...the yeti. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 28 Nov. 2017 Researchers took another crack at hair, bone and other samples allegedly from the yeti, or abominable snowman, of the Himalayas. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 28 Nov. 2017 Onoda is discovered shortly afterward by a Japanese explorer who views the missing soldier as akin to the abominable snowman, his ghostly half-sightings being featured regularly in the Japanese press. Ryu Spaeth, The New Republic, 2 June 2022 As a cold-weather alternative, there were abominable snowman-worthy shaggy eco-furs with matching boots and earmuffs. Colleen Barry, ajc, 15 Jan. 2022 Your pup can collect other Christmas movie characters, too, like the Grinch and Bumble, the abominable snowman from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Lily Gray, PEOPLE.com, 12 Dec. 2021 The abominable snowman, who debuted as the season's final Wildcard last episode, also revealed donuts as his on-stage order hint. Rachel Yang, EW.com, 22 Apr. 2021 An abominable snowman is actually a furry, leather-looking ball that looks fit for backyard amateur sports. Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times, 24 Nov. 2020 Things to do in Hamilton County: 10 things to try before summer ends The display featured a a 57-foot-tall abominable snowman, reindeer, igloos, trains and a 60-foot cross. Natalia E. Contreras, Indianapolis Star, 24 July 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1921, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of abominable snowman was in 1921

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“Abominable snowman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abominable%20snowman. Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

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abominable snowman

abominable snow·​man -ˈsnō-mən How to pronounce abominable snowman (audio)
often capitalized A&S
: a creature somewhat resembling a human being or ape that is reported to exist in the Himalayas

called also yeti

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