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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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 With coats in hand, following coffee and a mini-pastry, guests made their way back out into the wintry New York night. Noor Brara, Vogue, "Conservation International Recognizes Joe Biden and Juan Manuel Santos for Their Lifelong Efforts to Fight Climate Change," 7 Dec. 2018 Private lessons are also available for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and other wintry outdoor activities, as are specific couples retreat packages tailored to the season’s best offerings. Ariel Okin, Vogue, "8 Romantic Winter Weekend Getaways From New York City," 29 Dec. 2018 My team uses glass paint to make: Christmas lights in unusual colors—warm cinnamon red, wintry loden green, goldenrod. Rima Suqi, WSJ, "Holiday Entertaining Tips From the Party Planner to Presidents," 16 Nov. 2018 Their hallucinations — in which they are transformed into deer in serene, wintry landscapes — are juxtaposed with the bloody viciousness of their workplace. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "What’s on TV Friday: Nas and ‘Strike Back’," 2 Feb. 2018 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

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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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