wintry

adjective

win·​try ˈwin-trē How to pronounce wintry (audio)
variants or less commonly wintery
wintrier; wintriest
1
: of, relating to, or characteristic of winter
2
a
: weathered by or as if by winter : aged, hoary
b
: cheerless, chilling
a wintry greeting
wintriness noun

Examples of wintry in a Sentence

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of wintry was before the 12th century

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“Wintry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wintry. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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wintry

adjective
win·​try ˈwin-trē How to pronounce wintry (audio)
wintrier; wintriest
1
: of, relating to, or typical of winter
wintry weather
2
: not warm and friendly : cheerless
a wintry welcome
wintriness noun

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