snow·​bound ˈsnō-ˈbau̇nd How to pronounce snowbound (audio)
: shut in or blockaded by snow

Examples of snowbound in a Sentence

We were snowbound for a week.
Recent Examples on the Web A couple of horror writers are snowbound in a cabin and their freaky tales begin to come alive. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 21 Dec. 2020 This piece has such an interesting take on race in America, both from afar — when the author spent time in Germany — and from deep within, at the snowbound confines of a university campus in the middle of Vermont. Longreads, 27 Dec. 2022 Will seven days in a snowbound winter wonderland rekindle his love for his former wife—and for Christmas? Bruce Handy, The New Yorker, 25 Dec. 2022 Poloncarz said there is no emergency service available in Buffalo and several populous communities surrounding it because so many emergency vehicles are snowbound. Jake Bleiberg, Fortune, 24 Dec. 2022 All gather in a snowbound cottage to celebrate Christmas, when an inconvenient corpse spoils the party. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Dec. 2022 First, Spain stretches 1,500 miles from the often snowbound Pyrenees to the tropical Canary Islands. Pablo Sandoval, Variety, 8 Dec. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1802, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of snowbound was in 1802

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“Snowbound.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


snow·​bound -ˈbau̇nd How to pronounce snowbound (audio)
: shut in or blockaded by snow
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