win·​try | \ ˈwin-trē How to pronounce wintry (audio) \
variants: or less commonly wintery \ ˈwin-​t(ə-​)rē How to pronounce wintery (audio) \
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 How to pronounce wintriness (audio) \ noun

Examples of wintry in a Sentence

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

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The Grand Canyon tried to round up some animals last year, but wintry weather set in. USA TODAY, "Cat burglar, prison bats, USS Arizona Memorial: News from around our 50 states," 4 Sep. 2019 Into the Appalachians, wintry weather could extend into the early days of spring, almanac forecasters say. Scott Dance,, "Maryland weather: Almanacs predicts mild and wet winter — or will it be frosty and white?," 28 Aug. 2019 Even on frigid, wintry nights, Wall delivers newspapers, earning $150 a week when her kids are asleep. Sarah Varney, Washington Post, "Maine Voters Chose Medicaid Expansion. Why Is Their Governor Resisting?," 5 Jan. 2018 In areas that often see wintry weather, this can be dangerous because a couple of degrees can be the difference between roads being wet or frozen, The Post said. Jesus Jimenez, Dallas News, "Here's why your car's temperature sensor is probably wrong about how hot it is outside," 20 Aug. 2019 The popular Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park remained closed Sunday due to wintry conditions. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "Denver weather: Summer snow expected to continue in mountains while rain falls in Denver," 23 June 2019 In the latest preview for the animated sequel, the birds and pigs embrace their inner Bond, James Bond to face Zeta (Leslie Jones), the resident of a wintry Eagle Island who keeps shooting off giant balls of ice towards everyone else. Nick Romano,, "Birds and pigs go all 007 in final Angry Birds Movie 2 trailer," 20 June 2019 Despite no heat, despite a wintry cold that forced his members to gather inside a plastic tent draped over the pews, Henry led his flock of mostly poor followers in prayer and hope every week. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, "Mitch Albom: Brother's Keeper church in Detroit needs new helping hand," 9 June 2019 Signal Snowboards, a company more associated with wintry sports gear than electric guitars, had been doing some design experiments with cardboard. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "A Fender Stratocaster Made of Corrugated Cardboard Actually Sounds Awesome," 4 Dec. 2015

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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
literary : not cheerful or friendly


win·​try | \ ˈwin-trē How to pronounce wintry (audio) \
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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