consisting of or resembling powder: powdery sand; powdery clouds.
easily reduced to powder: powdery plaster.
sprinkled or covered with or as with powder: flowers powdery with pollen.

Origin of powdery

First recorded in 1400–50, powdery is from the late Middle English word powdry. See powder1, -y1
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Contemporary Examples of powdery

Historical Examples of powdery

  • But Vasili Andreevich did not stop, but disappeared amid the powdery snow.

    Master and Man

    Leo Tolstoy

  • Pollen: the powdery substance borne by the stamen of the flower.

    Agriculture for Beginners

    Charles William Burkett

  • We broke through the crust and floundered in soft and powdery snow.

    The Cryptogram

    William Murray Graydon

  • Had the snow been less light and powdery, he must have been crushed to the ground.

    The Camp in the Snow

    William Murray Graydon

  • Both lads were immersed in powdery snow beneath the surface.

    The Camp in the Snow

    William Murray Graydon

Word Origin and History for powdery

early 15c., from powder (n.) + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper