\ ˈsnō-ē How to pronounce snowy (audio) \
snowier; snowiest

Definition of snowy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : composed of snow or melted snow
b : marked by or covered with snow
2a : whitened by snow


geographical name

Definition of Snowy (Entry 2 of 2)

river 278 miles (447 kilometers) long in southeastern Australia flowing from the Snowy Mountains in southeastern New South Wales to the Pacific in southeastern Victoria

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Other Words from snowy


snowily \ ˈsnō-​ə-​lē How to pronounce snowily (audio) \ adverb
snowiness \ ˈsnō-​ē-​nəs How to pronounce snowiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of snowy in a Sentence

Adjective This is the snowiest winter in years.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Six of the city’s seven councilmen were in the crowd of about 75 people who braved the cold and snowy weather to learn more about the district and this levy. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, "Residents learn more about 6.9-mill levy for South Euclid-Lyndhurst Schools," 10 Feb. 2020 Tess Mayer for The New York Times Honey’s, the taproom at Enlightenment Wines Meadery in Bushwick, was almost full on a recent Saturday night despite the cold and snowy weather. James Reddicliffe, New York Times, "How Mead Went From ‘Game of Thrones’ to Brooklyn Bars," 28 Jan. 2020 Since the winter of 2019-20 started cold and snowy in northern Wisconsin, more landowners than usual – including those without knowledge and experience – may be contemplating putting out food for wildlife. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Elk found dead from eating corn in northern Wisconsin," 10 Jan. 2020 The races were held in snowy conditions and temperatures just below freezing that made waxing a challenge. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "West Valley, Service skiers earn one of Alaska’s most coveted titles: Skimeister," 22 Feb. 2020 Travelers heading from Nevada to California sat in traffic for hours after snowy conditions forced the closure of the busy Interstate 15. CBS News, "Winter storm's rain and snow in Southwest cause nightmare travel conditions," 27 Dec. 2019 In Ohio, authorities investigated two fatal wrecks in snowy and icy conditions Tuesday, one on the Ohio Turnpike in Richfield and another in Clark County. Carolyn Thompson,, "Winter already? Snow and cold records fall as arctic airmass that started in Siberia hits chunk of U.S.," 12 Nov. 2019 Tuesday: The Denver Zoo will be closed due to snowy conditions on Tuesday, Oct. 29, officials announced on Twitter this morning. Beth Rankin, The Know, "Denver events canceled: Snowstorm forces zoo to close; more closures/cancellations rolling in," 29 Oct. 2019 The Arizona Department of Transportation recommends those driving in snowy conditions to reduce their speeds and accelerate slower. Ethan Schmidt, azcentral, "Snowfall comes to northern Arizona, just days before Halloween," 28 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of snowy


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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21 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Snowy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of snowy

: having a lot of snow
: covered in snow
: white like snow


\ ˈsnō-ē How to pronounce snowy (audio) \
snowier; snowiest

Kids Definition of snowy

1 : having or covered with snow snowy mountains
2 : white like snow snowy clouds

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