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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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 The plan was to pop off the top of the mountain, drop onto its powdery face and shred its untouched slope, racing against gravity for the sheer love of it. Author: Christine Hauser, Anchorage Daily News, "Friends rescue snowboarder swept away by avalanche in Canadian backcountry," 27 Apr. 2018 The plan was to pop off the top of the mountain, drop onto its powdery face and shred its untouched slope, racing against gravity for the sheer love of it. Christine Hauser, New York Times, "An Avalanche Sweeps Away a Snowboarder, but His Friends Rescue Him," 27 Apr. 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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