- a storm with dry, driving snow, strong winds, and intense cold.
- a heavy and prolonged snowstorm covering a wide area.
verb (used without object)
Origin of blizzard
Examples from the Web for blizzard
He also expanded on the need to get the average American out from under the blizzard of paperwork that the tax season brings.
Many of us have tired of the blizzard of histories marking the sesquicentennial of the first years of the American Civil War.Atlanta’s Fall Foretold The End Of Civil War Bloodshed|Marc Wortman|September 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Driving from the Denver airport to Wyoming, I encountered an almost-otherworldly whiteout of a blizzard.Native American Basketball Team in Wyoming Have Hoop Dreams Of Their Own|Robert Silverman|August 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For years your bright light was darkened by a blizzard of lies, cheating and innuendo.I Pushed the Lance Armstrong Lie: An Open Letter to Greg LeMond|Mark McKinnon|July 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Headwinds forced a landing at Gander, in Newfoundland, in the middle of a blizzard.
Later in the morning we heard from Jumbo, who had returned from Noreuil, the full history of the weary trek in the blizzard.A Company of Tanks|W. H. L. Watson
Towards the end of January, however, a long drift of eighty-four miles in a blizzard cheered us all up.South!|Sir Ernest Shackleton
While the blizzard lasted I had a hard time to find enough to do to keep my mind off of my troubles.Track's End|Hayden Carruth
She carried on about the blizzard and his being frozen to death, until I began to think she was telling the truth.The Breaking Point|Mary Roberts Rinehart
He could crawl into some hollow tree with it, if the blizzard got too bad.Boy Scouts in Glacier Park|Walter Prichard Eaton
British Dictionary definitions for blizzard
Word Origin for blizzard
Word Origin and History for blizzard
"strong, sustained snowstorm," 1859, origin obscure (perhaps somehow connected with blaze (n.1)); it came into general use in the U.S. in this sense the hard winter 1880-81. OED says it probably is "more or less onomatopœic," and adds "there is nothing to indicate a French origin." Before that it typically meant "violent blow," also "hail of gunfire" in American English from 1829, and blizz "violent rainstorm" is attested from 1770. The winter storm sense perhaps is originally a colloquial figurative use in the Upper Midwest of the U.S.