\ 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 Westbound lanes are open but traffic is moving very slowly in the snowy and icy conditions. oregonlive, "Portland metro Thursday traffic: Spinouts, crashes close U.S. 26 east near Government Camp," 16 Jan. 2020 The Germans aimed their assault through the snowy roads of the Ardennes Mountains to bowl over inexperienced or exhausted U.S. divisions. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Recalling the Battle of the Bulge," 26 Dec. 2019 Even as humans struggle to protect their toes and fingers from frostbite and their skin from getting windburn, pets can be in danger of injury from the cold and even the chemicals used to keep sidewalks clear in snowy or icy weather. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas,, "Chicagoans may be ready for real winter cold, but are their pets? A guide to keeping animals safe during a polar chill," 9 Dec. 2019 Minnesota State Patrol reported dozens of collisions and spinouts due to the snowy and icy conditions through Wednesday. NBC News, "Thanksgiving Day winter storms cause travel woes across U.S.," 28 Nov. 2019 The video shows the horse being pulled for at least 100 yards on a snowy road as the animal resists. CBS News, "Arrests made after video shows tied-up horse being dragged by truck in Colorado," 27 Nov. 2019 Two fatal wrecks were also reported due to snowy and icy conditions, one on the Ohio Turnpike in Richfield and another in Clark County. Fox News, "Wisconsin bus driver saves children wandering in snow, as deadly Arctic air mass grips US," 13 Nov. 2019 But overwhelmed by North Korean and Chinese soldiers, and by a freak cold front that swept down from Siberia, the Americans were ordered to retreat down a steep, snowy road and frozen hillsides. Steve Rubenstein,, "Family greets remains of soldier missing since 1950 Korean War battle," 13 Nov. 2019 Once there, a guide and a driver—even for experienced Japan travelers—will go a long way on the snowy mountain roads. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, "Slow Skiing in Japan's Deep North," 11 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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The first known use of snowy was before the 12th century

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25 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Snowy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Feb. 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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