pow·​dery | \ ˈpau̇-də-rē \

Definition of powdery

1a : resembling or consisting of powder powdery snow
b : easily reduced to powder : crumbling
2 : covered with or as if with powder

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Synonyms & Antonyms for powdery


dusty, fine, floury


coarse, grainy, granular, granulated

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Examples of powdery in a Sentence

the beach's powdery white sand We skied down the powdery slopes.

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The province is known for perfect, powdery skiing like no other, and hikes that should put Albera on both your summer and winter travel bucket lists. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 19 Best Places to Travel in 2019," 10 Jan. 2019 On Lively’s eyes was a subtle, natural look created by light neutrals (pinks and beiges) of a powdery texture from Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow in 537. Jesa Marie Calaor, Allure, "How to Get Blake Lively's Hair and Makeup From A Simple Favor," 14 Sep. 2018 Other standout works are by Edouard Manet, Odilon Redon, and Norwegian artist Johan Frederick (Frits) Thaulow, whose refreshing snow-scapes take full advantage of their powdery medium. M.j. Andersen, WSJ, "‘French Pastels: Treasures From the Vault’ Review: Delicate and Delightful," 14 July 2018 This spring's look is more natural than the matte caked or powdery finish of the recent past. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Pucker up! Here are the 6 spring (and Derby!) makeup trends you don't want to miss," 8 Mar. 2018 Now) Iris, as a note in fragrance, can either veer towards old lady powdery or as a subtle grounding note to the sharper notes. Allure Editors, Allure, "Our Favorite New Beauty Products of January 2018," 1 Feb. 2018 Taking baby formula or ground coffee on a plane?A new TSA rule limits powdery substances in carry-on bags. Morning Brief, The Seattle Times, "More on the Maryland newspaper shooting, and the Special Olympics USA Games come to town | Friday Morning Brief, June 29," 29 June 2018 Grayton Beach State Park, Florida Panhandle One mile of powdery white sand shoreline and gorgeous crystal water vistas earns this Gulf of Mexico hot spot a place on the best beaches list. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "The 4 best beaches in America, according to 'Dr. Beach'," 11 July 2018 The mom detected a powdery residue at the bottom of one bottle. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "Teen Admits She Tried to Kill Her Newborn Niece by Lacing Breast Milk With Pain Pills," 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of powdery

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of powdery

: like powder
: covered with powder


pow·​dery | \ ˈpau̇-də-rē \

Kids Definition of powdery

1 : made of or like powder powdery snow
2 : easily crumbled powdery bricks
3 : covered or sprinkled with or as if with powder a powdery mountain slope

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