blizzard

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noun bliz·zard \ ˈbli-zərd \

Definition of blizzard

1 :a long severe snowstorm
2 :an intensely strong cold wind filled with fine snow
3 :an overwhelming rush or deluge
  • a blizzard of mail around the holidays

blizzardy

play \ˈbli-zər-dē\ or less commonly blizzardly play \-ˌzərd-lē\ adjective

Examples of blizzard in a Sentence

  1. We were snowed in by a raging blizzard.

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Did You Know?

The earliest recorded appearance of the word blizzard meaning “a severe snowstorm” was in the April 23, 1870 issue of a newspaper published in Estherville, Iowa. Blizzard shows up again during the following years in several newspapers in Iowa and neighboring states, and by 1888, when a snowstorm paralyzed the Eastern seaboard, the word was well-known nationally. However, in other senses, the word blizzard existed earlier. Davy Crocket, for instance, used it twice in the 1830s, once to mean a rifle blast and once to mean for a blast of words. All of these uses seem related, but the ultimate origin of the word is still unclear.

Origin and Etymology of blizzard

origin unknown

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BLIZZARD Defined for English Language Learners

blizzard

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Definition of blizzard for English Language Learners

  • : a severe snowstorm that goes on for a long time

  • : a large amount of something that comes suddenly


BLIZZARD Defined for Kids

blizzard

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noun bliz·zard \ ˈbli-zərd \

Definition of blizzard for Students

:a long heavy snowstorm


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