\ 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 The trail this year is expected to be snowy and possibly moosey, because in deep snow the animals may be drawn to a trail that offers them easier mobility in their search for food. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Iditarod begins with a giant meet-and-greet in Anchorage," 8 Mar. 2020 The entire run is on the Ice Age National Scenic Trail which, in early April, can be snowy, muddy or icy. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Chin Up: Any step you take is a step forward. Here are spring events where you can start moving.," 1 Mar. 2020 The roads were icy and snowy, but the car was moving slowly. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "An elite athlete vanished: 20 years ago, Indy HS gymnast became a quadriplegic," 18 Feb. 2020 Festival-goers can bring their pets for pictures with Santa, marvel at the world’s tallest snowman, sled down the snowy hill and browse the Christmas market. Carissa D. Lamkahouan, Houston Chronicle, "Northern Brazoria County brimming with holiday events," 27 Nov. 2019 So many of our travel memories are infused with color: soft-blue velvet skylines, tangerine soaked dusky horizons, and crisp snowy, white mountain mornings. National Geographic, "Here are some of the world's most colorful places," 20 May 2019 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

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First Known Use of snowy


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

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4 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Snowy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Apr. 2020.

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How to pronounce Snowy (audio)

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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