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verb (used without object)
  1. to pass, spend, or survive the winter: to overwinter on the Riviera.
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Origin of overwinter

1890–95; over- + winter; probably translation of Norwegian overvintre
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Examples from the Web for overwinter

Historical Examples of overwinter

  • Some whales may also overwinter in the northern summering areas.

    Humpback Whales in Glacier Bay National Monument, Alaska

    United States Department of Commerce, Marine Mammal Commission

  • Eggs laid in autumn overwinter and hatch the next summer, from April to August, depending upon the species.

British Dictionary definitions for overwinter


  1. (intr) to spend winter (in or at a particular place)
  2. (tr) to keep (animals or plants) alive through the winter
  3. (intr) (of an animal or plant) to remain alive throughout the winter
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Word Origin and History for overwinter


Old English oferwintran; see over- + winter (v.). Related: Overwintered; overwintering.

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