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 Other snowbound drivers and their passengers were given blankets and food. Salman Masood, New York Times, 8 Jan. 2022 An unknown Connecticut family provided solace to snowbound travelers stranded Tuesday night by offering oranges to motorists stopped for hours on I-95. Rick Green,, 4 Jan. 2022 These snowbound cities that kissed the shores of the Great Lakes tried to live up to that privilege. New York Times, 27 Oct. 2021 In 2006, a long, hot autumn in Norway resulted in an explosion of discoveries in the snowbound Jotunheimen mountains, home to the Jötnar, the rock and frost giants of Norse mythology. New York Times, 2 Nov. 2021 Aside from a barber shop in Harlem or a barroom on the Bowery, an old boarding house in a snowbound city in upstate New York is a great place to run into colorful characters like the ones who figure in this one-man show. Marilyn Stasio, Variety, 8 Oct. 2021 Indy’s seaplane departure, the snowbound Nepalese saloon and the plummeting cliffs of Cairo were all handmade matte paintings. New York Times, 11 June 2021 Another intriguing looking film set to premiere at Tribeca, Werewolves Within stars Sam Richardson (Veep) and Milana Vayntrub (This is Us) as a pair of unlikely sleuths trying to get to the bottom of some mysterious doings in a snowbound town. Keith Phipps, Rolling Stone, 31 May 2021 Mal, Dubrov, and Mikhael cross into snowbound Fjerdan territory. Nick Schager,, 23 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of snowbound

1802, in the meaning defined above

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22 Jan 2022

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“Snowbound.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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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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