\ 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.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Snow moon The typically cold, snowy weather of February in North America earned this full moon its name. National Geographic, "Learn about the lunar cycle, as well as the origins of the many names given to each month's full moon.," 15 June 2019 While moody dark manicures tend to pair well with snowy, wintery days, the first half of February calls for something slightly more festive. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The Best Red Nail Polishes of All Time, for Valentine’s Day and Beyond," 12 Feb. 2019 Looking back to that snowy day in 1979, my thoughts turn to my mother’s vision of little Salams overrunning the North American continent. Reihan Salam, WSJ, "A Way Out of the Immigration Crisis," 21 Sep. 2018 George was responsible for William’s presence there on the snowy sidewalk, in front of this step-and-repeat, being photographed by idiots. Emma Cline, The New Yorker, "Son of Friedman," 24 June 2019 As Beijing increases its military presence in the area, Chinese People’s Liberation Army soldiers earlier this month patrolled a snowy glacier above 17,000 feet along the Chinese side of the 56-mile border between China and Afghanistan. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "Russia, China Vie for Influence in Central Asia as U.S. Plans Afghan Exit," 18 June 2019 Cohn said big construction projects and a rainy and snowy 2017 in Portland may have influenced travel times as well., "Wait, Portland’s traffic improved last year? TomTom navigation company says so," 17 June 2019 His research assistant, Jeff Rubsam, runs ahead to guide the sled down a steep, snowy slope toward a frozen lake. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin has cut mercury pollution of its lakes. Climate change puts those gains at risk.," 14 June 2019 Here, learn all the ways the snowy shade can bring your home décor together. Lauren Hubbard, ELLE Decor, "Why You Shouldn’t Underestimate the Simplicity of White," 1 May 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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