\ˈsnō-ē \
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

b : snow-white


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 \ adverb
snowiness \ˈsnō-​ē-​nəs \ noun

Examples of snowy in a Sentence


This is the snowiest winter in years.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

For example, the fact that Waymo is initially launching a taxi service in the Phoenix area means that Waymo doesn't have to worry about mastering snowy conditions. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Waymo’s ambitious plans for high-speed taxis could be holding it back," 3 Dec. 2018 USA TODAY Sports Pittsburgh authorities, including a bomb squad, were investigating a possible suspicious package outside PNC Park on Wednesday afternoon as the Pirates and Twins played in snowy conditions. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "Pittsburgh bomb squad investigated possible suspicious package outside PNC Park," 4 Apr. 2018 According to preliminary information, the bus, which was heading to the scenic village of Hallstatt, slid off the road in snowy conditions and hit a perimeter wall. Washington Post, "Austria: Bus with South Korean tourists crashes; 24 injured," 28 Mar. 2018 There is altitude, a plane ride between games and, because of often snowy conditions, the likelihood players will be cooped up inside a hotel for most of the hours before a game. Andrew Greif,, "Is this the weekend Oregon State women fix Pac-12 road woes?," 25 Jan. 2018 But some mushers including those from Southcentral and Interior have been mainly running dogs in snowy conditions. Lisa Demer, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Brutal rough’: Fast and icy Kuskokwim 300 awaits winner Sunday," 21 Jan. 2018 For a 45-minute snowy hike with a pair of them (weekends only), visit the Barryland museum, dedicated to the breed ( Nina Sovich, WSJ, "Europe in Winter: 35 Reasons to Visit Off-Season," 21 Nov. 2018 After some snowy shenanigans, the two end up falling in love, and Prince Richard proposes. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Is Basically Meghan Markle’s Life," 15 Nov. 2018 Connie's soul-deep characters have served as some of the chief entertainment for millions of families' lazy weekends and snowy afternoons. Lindsey Benoit O'connell, Redbook, "Connie Britton Shares Her Rules for a Totally Chill Holiday Season," 29 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of snowy


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

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English Language Learners Definition of snowy

: having a lot of snow

: covered in snow

: white like snow


\ˈsnō-ē \
snowier; snowiest

Kids Definition of snowy

1 : having or covered with snow snowy mountains

2 : white like snow snowy clouds

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