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[snoh-bound] /ˈsnoʊˌbaʊnd/
shut in or immobilized by snow.
Origin of snowbound
First recorded in 1805-15; snow + -bound1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • On that one train the regular fireman had been snowbound at his home upon the mountainside.

    The Modern Railroad Edward Hungerford
  • snowbound in the North, I dreamed, as a child, of this world of eternal sunshine.

    The Clansman Thomas Dixon
  • He had been snowbound before, and he knew the more than uncomfortable possibilities of the case.

    The Cassowary Stanley Waterloo
  • And then he added quickly: “It looks to me as if we were going to be snowbound!”

    Dave Porter and His Double Edward Stratemeyer
  • Since the company had been snowbound he had always a few in his pocket.

  • I am afraid we will be snowbound when we reach the next stop.

    Dorothy Dale in the City Margaret Penrose
  • Its almost as exciting as when we were snowbound, declared Agnes.

  • Besides, it was so early in the season that it did not seem at all likely that we should be snowbound a week.

  • Perhaps we can slip in behind Hen without his seeing us, and then we'll know all that he did while we were snowbound.

  • One hour after daybreak the vicinity of the snowbound Overland Express resembled a picture, rather than a forlorn blockade.

British Dictionary definitions for snowbound


confined to one place by heavy falls or drifts of snow; snowed-in
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for snowbound

1814, from snow (n.) + bound (adj.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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