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

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 Those teams play later Tuesday in Canada, where conditions were so wintry that Canada Soccer was referring to Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium as Estadio Iceteca. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, 16 Nov. 2021 Viard’s use of contrasting textiles, colors and styles brings a different perspective of shapes and hues to a very wintry collection. Allyson Portee, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 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, 12 Dec. 2020 This version is appropriately wintry, with cabbage and warm spices like clove and cinnamon. Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2020 Between wintry weather, heavy traffic and crowded airports, even the best plans can fall apart. Carrie Arnold, New York Times, 17 Apr. 2020 The novel is a postmodern take on braving wintry weather, a staple of Russian literature. Daniel E. Slotnik,, 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, 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, 28 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of wintry

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

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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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