powdery

adjective
pow·​dery | \ ˈpau̇-də-rē How to pronounce powdery (audio) \

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

Synonyms

dusty, fine, floury

Antonyms

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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Similar to powdery pastel (another big color trend for spring), the shade is great for anyone with pale highlights or platinum-white hair, says Stephanie Brown, master colorist at IGK Salon Soho in New York City. Bella Cacciatore, Allure, "Lavender Gray Is Spring's Coolest Hair-Color Trend," 11 Apr. 2019 Similar to powdery pastel (another big color trend for spring), the shade is great for anyone with pale highlights or platinum-white hair, says Stephanie Brown, master colorist at IGK Salon Soho in New York City. Glamour, "Lavender-Gray Hair Is Spring’s Most Unexpectedly Cool Color Trend," 9 Apr. 2019 This Detox is a bit lighter than the original formula because it's made with potato starch (as opposed to rice powder), which has a sheer, less powdery finish. Elizabeth Denton, Allure, "Drybar's New Clear Dry Shampoo Is the Residue-Free Formula We've All Been Waiting For," 11 Apr. 2019 Resorts in and around Niseko are luring winter-sports lovers from Asia and North America who enjoy the powdery snow of northern Japan by day and the warm sake at night. Kosaku Narioka, WSJ, "Billionaires, Luxury Hotels Discover Japan’s Aspen," 5 Feb. 2019 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

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First Known Use of powdery

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

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The first known use of powdery was in the 15th century

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powdery

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of powdery

: like powder
: covered with powder

powdery

adjective
pow·​dery | \ ˈpau̇-də-rē How to pronounce powdery (audio) \

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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