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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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 The sheer restraint of the palette of powdery shades against nudes also harked back to a time, before the proliferation of bright colors in the 1960s, where designers still preferred subtle hues. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Dior celebrates the atelier, draws celebs to Paris couture," 2 July 2018 Known for suites featuring private pools and other amenities, the Amanyara is situated on a sprawling 18,000-acre nature preserve, over half a mile of which is made up of powdery white-sand beaches. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Fun in the Sun! Kylie Jenner Poses with 3-Month-Old Daughter Stormi on Their Tropical Vacation," 2 May 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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