\ 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


This is the snowiest winter in years.

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The high-profile lawyer wore a bright red jumpsuit by Sergio Hudson with gold Gianvito Rossi pumps, despite the dreary, snowy weather. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Amal Clooney Looks Like Actual Royalty for Dinner with Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace," 12 Mar. 2019 The utility also has, at times, cited mass move-ins by University of Washington students, snowy weather, rate increases and problems with a new computer system as reasons for bloated bills. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "Seattle auditor to investigate City Light practices after complaints over huge electricity bills," 11 Sep. 2018 Shortly after, the couple reportedly jetted off for a honeymoon over the holidays on the snowy slopes of Montana with a ton of family members in tow. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "All the Pictures From Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth’s Reported Honeymoon Ski Trip," 1 Jan. 2019 For cities like Philadelphia, New York, and Washington, DC, that have historically snowy winters, this shift in the average winter low means that snow and sleet could become rarer. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Winters are warming faster than summers. These US cities could lose weeks of freezing days by 2050.," 21 Dec. 2018 Models emerged out of the 'Chalet Gardenia,' before walking the snowy runway. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chanel Pays Tribute to Karl Lagerfeld on a Snow-Covered Runway," 5 Mar. 2019 An Amtrak train bound for Los Angeles from Seattle has been marooned on a snowy Oregon railway for more than 36 hours. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Amtrak Train with 183 People On Board Has Been Stranded in Oregon Snow for 36 Hours," 26 Feb. 2019 One hundred and seventy racers rode their way through snowy Colorado in the 2019 Fatbike World Championships. Jason Gay, WSJ, "My Big, Fat Fat-Biking Adventure," 14 Feb. 2019 Seattle has been experiencing a wintry mix for several days, which has made this month the snowiest February the city has seen in 75 years, according to the National Weather Service. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Brace Yourselves: The Entire Country Will be Hit by a Brutal Winter Storm This Week," 12 Feb. 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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The first known use of snowy was before the 12th century

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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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to mark by some ceremony or observation

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