Origin of snow

before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English snāw; cognate with Dutch sneeuw, German Schnee, Old Norse snǣr, Gothic snaiws, Latin nix (genitive nivis), Greek níps (accusative nípha), OCS sněgŭ; (v.) Middle English snowen, derivative of the noun; replacing Middle English snewen, Old English snīwan; cognate with Old High German snīwan (German schneien), Middle Low German, Middle Dutch snīen

OTHER WORDS FROM snow

snow·less, adjectivesnow·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for snow under (1 of 2)

snow
/ (snəʊ) /

noun

verb

Derived forms of snow

snowless, adjectivesnowlike, adjective

Word Origin for snow

Old English snāw; related to Old Norse snjōr, Gothic snaiws, Old High German snēo, Greek nipha

British Dictionary definitions for snow under (2 of 2)

Snow
/ (snəʊ) /

noun

C (harles) P (ercy), Baron. 1905–80, British novelist and physicist. His novels include the series Strangers and Brothers (1949–70)
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Science definitions for snow under

snow
[ snō ]

Precipitation that falls to earth in the form of ice crystals that have complex branched hexagonal patterns. Snow usually falls from stratus and stratocumulus clouds, but it can also fall from cumulus and cumulonimbus clouds.
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Idioms and Phrases with snow under (1 of 2)

snow under

Overwhelm, overpower, as in I can't go; I'm just snowed under with work, or We were snowed under by more votes than we could have anticipated. This expression alludes to being buried in snow. [Late 1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with snow under (2 of 2)

snow

In addition to the idioms beginning with snow

  • snow job
  • snow under

also see:

  • pure as the driven snow
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