win·​try | \ˈwin-trē \
variants: or less commonly wintery \ ˈwin-​t(ə-​)rē \
wintrier; wintriest

Definition of wintry 

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of winter

2a : weathered by or as if by winter : aged, hoary

b : cheerless, chilling a wintry greeting

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Other Words from wintry

wintriness \ ˈwin-​trē-​nəs \ noun

Examples of wintry in a Sentence

a wintry mix of sleet and snow She gave me a wintry welcome.

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Harvest Go out into the woods and sample nature’s wintry bounty: Pick for texture, pick for color, pick for beauty and originality. Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, "A Step-By-Step Guide To Creating Your Own Foraged Evergreen Wreath," 8 Dec. 2017 That’s what that wintry ride home from the airport in a ’55 Chevy was all about. Heidi Stevens,, "For Father's Day, reflecting on a dad who improves all that he touches," 15 June 2018 The wintry weather pattern is predicted to finally erode over the next week to 10 days. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "It’s the coldest and snowiest April on record near the Great Lakes and residents are ‘fuming’," 18 Apr. 2018 But crummy weather doesn’t explain dips in dome cities like Toronto or less-wintry towns like San Francisco (insert your San Francisco weather joke here). Jason Gay, WSJ, "Reports of Baseball’s Popular Decline Are…Popular," 21 June 2018 The same cold weather system that crippled the Eugene area a little more than a year ago left Portland a wintry mess as well. Eugene Register-guard,, "ODOT adds road salt to its arsenal in Lane County," 10 Jan. 2018 Yet wintry night never ends in the grim, ashen new production of the work which opened the Munich Opera Festival on Thursday. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "Review: A Conductor Sets Munich’s Ashen ‘Parsifal’ Aflame," 1 July 2018 There's a chance for a wintry mix overnight Monday into Tuesday, likely after midnight, said John Gagan, a National Weather Service meteorologist based in Sullivan. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bundle Up! Brewers home opener forecast is cold," 1 Apr. 2018 Here are some ways to stay safe. Dwight Adams/IndyStar The National Weather Service of Indianapolis is expecting a wintry mix overnight Tuesday and into the morning hours on Wednesday. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "National Weather Service: Expect wintry mix, slick roads for Wednesday morning commute," 6 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of wintry

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

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English Language Learners Definition of wintry

: relating to, happening during, or typical of winter

: not cheerful or friendly


win·​try | \ˈwin-trē \
wintrier; wintriest

Kids Definition of wintry

1 : marked by or characteristic of winter a wintry landscape wintry weather

2 : not friendly : cold a wintry welcome

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