wintry

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

Examples of wintry in a Sentence

a wintry mix of sleet and snow She gave me a wintry welcome.
Recent Examples on the Web The Monday storm is scooting away into a position that helps set up the next one that could be quite wintry. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Warm today and Sunday, ahead of stormy and wintry weather next week," 12 Dec. 2020 This version is appropriately wintry, with cabbage and warm spices like clove and cinnamon. Washington Post, "6 vegetable-filled soups to help you counterbalance that rich holiday food," 30 Nov. 2020 Between wintry weather, heavy traffic and crowded airports, even the best plans can fall apart. Carrie Arnold, New York Times, "How to Avoid the Biggest Holiday Hazards for Kids," 17 Apr. 2020 The novel is a postmodern take on braving wintry weather, a staple of Russian literature. Daniel E. Slotnik, BostonGlobe.com, "Jamey Gambrell; made Russian writing sing, in English," 11 Mar. 2020 But, at major resorts, stretches of brisk, wintry liberation on the slopes are interrupted by long chairlift and gondola rides, during which people sit shoulder to shoulder and knee to knee with a perpetually rotating cast of strangers. Michael Ames, The New Yorker, "Why an Idaho Ski Destination Has One of the Highest COVID-19 Rates in the Nation," 3 Apr. 2020 During periods of high pressure, cold air from the top of the world escapes south, bringing wintry temperatures. Patrick Reevell, ABC News, "In Moscow, people adjust to a winter without snow: 'It's like we're at a resort'," 28 Feb. 2020 Though rangers are working, some parks warned people to be extra cautious and prepared, especially in places with wintry weather, because resources are strained amid the pandemic and rescues may be more difficult. Brady Mccombs And James Anderson, Houston Chronicle, "National parks are open — with some changes — amid virus," 19 Mar. 2020 Though rangers are working, some parks warned people to be extra cautious and prepared, especially in places with wintry weather, because resources are strained amid the pandemic and rescues may be more difficult. Brady Mccombs And James Anderson, USA TODAY, "National parks are mostly open — with some changes — amid coronavirus pandemic," 19 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of wintry

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

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“Wintry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wintry. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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wintry

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of wintry

: relating to, happening during, or typical of winter
literary : not cheerful or friendly

wintry

adjective
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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