snow·​bound | \ ˈsnō-ˈbau̇nd How to pronounce snowbound (audio) \

Definition of snowbound

: shut in or blockaded by snow

Examples of snowbound in a Sentence

We were snowbound for a week.
Recent Examples on the Web The moose explosion has damaged the park's vegetation, particularly balsam fir, their food of choice during long, snowbound winters. John Flesher, Detroit Free Press, "Relocated Isle Royale wolves show promising signs, scientists say," 14 Sep. 2020 Philipakis shows me photos of his snowbound sheep, the animals almost indistinguishable from the white cover except for their eyes and noses. Katherine Whittaker, Saveur, "There’s No Feta in Crete," 31 Jan. 2018 Holed up in snowbound western Massachusetts living off thin dining hall coffee and forties of malt liquor, the innocent-yet-ironic taste of the fluffernutter resonated with our homesick hearts. TheWeek, "The forgotten inventor of the fluffernutter sandwich," 2 May 2020 Our heroes get wind of the Emperor’s nefarious plans, which kicks off a series of far-flung episodes – from a festival on a desert planet to a snowbound city with criminals galore. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Review: 'Rise of Skywalker' concludes 'Star Wars' saga with splendor and disappointment," 18 Dec. 2019 Economists believe that an unusually cold and snowbound March had some impact on growth, as did strikes in Germany and France. Paul Hannon, WSJ, "Eurozone Economy Wavers in First Quarter," 2 May 2018 Here, regardless of the season, from snowbound winters to shimmering summers, Mother Nature is definitely the star of this show. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "You Can Stay in an Architect's Dreamy Adirondack-Inspired Lake Cabin," 28 Nov. 2017 Airlines have a new strategy for managing winter storms: keep more passengers away from snowbound airports. Doug Cameron, WSJ, "To Manage Storms, Airlines Try to Keep Passengers Away From Airports," 21 Mar. 2018 And in December, faced with prospect of spending Christmas isolated in a snowbound log cabin with her parents and her ex, the single princess posted a tongue-in-cheek conversation with Santa., "Which Princess Just Called William and Kate the 'Beautiful People?'," 6 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of snowbound

1802, in the meaning defined above

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“Snowbound.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of snowbound

: unable to leave a place because a lot of snow is falling or has fallen
: blocked with snow


snow·​bound | \ ˈsnō-ˈbau̇nd How to pronounce snowbound (audio) \

Kids Definition of snowbound

: shut in or blocked by snow snowbound mountain passes

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