See more synonyms on Thesaurus.comadjective, win·tri·er, win·tri·est.
- of or characteristic of winter: wintry blasts; wintry skies.
- resembling winter weather; having snow, frost, cold, storms, etc.: We had wintry weather well into May last year.
- suggestive of winter, as in lack of warmth or cheer: a wintry manner.
Origin of wintry
before 900; Old English wintrigRelated formswin·tri·ly, adverbwin·tri·ness, nounun·win·try, adjective
(not recorded in ME); see winter
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for wintriness
They felt the death again, a whole field laid low by one stroke, and wintriness in the season of glad life.
The hills that fringed the city were ragged in their wintriness, and ash-dark with the thickening dusk.
British Dictionary definitions for wintriness
wintery (ˈwɪntərɪ, -trɪ) or less commonly winterlyadjective -trier or -triest
Derived Formswintrily, adverbwintriness, winteriness or rare winterliness, noun
- (esp of weather) of or characteristic of winter
- lacking cheer or warmth; bleak
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Word Origin and History for wintriness
Old English wintrig; see winter + -y (2); "but modern use a new formation" [OED].
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