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.
Recent Examples on the Web After several days of vigorous attacks on one another, the candidates Monday trained most of their fire on Trump, who held a rally in Manchester for which his supporters began lining up Sunday despite a freezing mix of wintry weather. Author: Matt Viser, Sean Sullivan, Anchorage Daily News, "Candidates refocus attacks on Trump as New Hampshire primary looms," 11 Feb. 2020 As the temperature drops and precipitation looms in the forecast, one form of wintry weather that may impact people is what is known as freezing rain. Fox News, "What causes freezing rain? Here's why it's so dangerous," 4 Feb. 2020 Unfortunately, wintry weather is making a harsh comeback as heavy snow and severe thunderstorms are expected to sweep across the country this week. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "The First Major Snowstorm of the Year Is Sweeping the Country This Week," 4 Feb. 2020 By Tuesday, the storm will shift east, dropping temperatures in places like Dallas and delivering wintry weather from Texas to New England. Judson Jones, CNN, "A winter storm is hitting the Rockies and temperatures are about to plunge," 3 Feb. 2020 Schools across North Texas are also on alert ahead of the possibility of wintry weather. Dallas News, "Strong arctic cold front could bring snow, sleet to Dallas-Fort Worth," 3 Feb. 2020 Portland’s flirtation with wintry weather resumed Tuesday, as snow accumulated in the West Hills and flakes flew downtown. oregonlive, "As flakes fly, the wait for Portland’s first measurable snow of the winter continues," 14 Jan. 2020 In Flagstaff, where wintry weather is to be expected, this will likely be the fourth white Christmas of the decade. Justin Price, azcentral, "Phoenix may get rain on Christmas Day for the first time in a decade; fires allowed," 23 Dec. 2019 Video and images posted on social media showed wintry precipitation had begun to accumulation in portions of Argyle, Denton, Decatur and Little Elm. Dallas News, "Winter weather advisory issued for Denton, Collin counties with freezing rain, sleet and snow possible," 11 Jan. 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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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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