wintry

adjective win·try \ ˈwin-trē \
variants: or less commonly wintery play \ˈwin-t(ə-)rē\
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of wintry

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

play \ˈwin-trē-nəs\ noun

Examples of wintry in a Sentence

  1. a wintry mix of sleet and snow

  2. She gave me a wintry welcome.

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First Known Use of wintry

before 12th century


WINTRY Defined for English Language Learners

wintry

adjective

Definition of wintry for English Language Learners

  • : relating to, happening during, or typical of winter

  • : not cheerful or friendly


WINTRY Defined for Kids

wintry

adjective win·try \ ˈwin-trē \

Definition of wintry for Students

wintrier; wintriest
1 : marked by or characteristic of winter
  • a wintry landscape
  • wintry weather
2 : not friendly : cold
  • a wintry welcome


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