- white blossoms.
- the white color of snow.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- to make an overwhelming impression on: The view really snowed them.
- to persuade or deceive: She was snowed into believing everything.
- to cover with or bury in snow.
- to overwhelm with a larger amount of something than can be conveniently dealt with.
- to defeat overwhelmingly.
- snout beetle,
- snout reflex,
- snow apple,
- snow banner,
- snow blindness,
- snow blower,
- snow board
Origin of snow
Origin of Snow
Examples from the Web for snow
Not quite, but at one point the temperature registered 29 below zero, with 21 inches of snow.Speed Read: The Juiciest Bits From the History of ‘Purple Rain’|Jennie Yabroff|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But mostly they just walked, their faces somber, their hands shaking as the snow began to fall.Justice League Vigil for Slain NYPD Officers Asks Whose Life Matters|Olivia Nuzzi|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There was snow on the ground when I made my last trip to see Sheffield.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything|Liz Seccuro|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Snow fell lightly Wednesday as a League member standing in front of City Hall read the demands.Eric Garner Protesters Have a Direct Line to City Hall|Jacob Siegel|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the meantime, just as the bill passed its first hurdle, snow flakes started to fall down on the Capitol.Quirky Reindeer Farmer Keeps Government Open for Christmas|Ben Jacobs|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The sun shone brightly on the snow, which was unrelieved by a single dark object.The Young Treasure Hunter|Frank V. Webster
As I came along I had rubbed my ears with snow, which had restored circulation.Snow Shoes and Canoes|William H. G. Kingston
All around us I saw deep beds of snow, but nowhere such blocks of ice as M. Deser found upon the crest of the Jungfrau.Celebrated Women Travellers of the Nineteenth Century|W. H. Davenport Adams
Here, on the outer edge of the road, was a gully which the wind of the day previous had partly filled with snow.The Rover Boys on Snowshoe Island|Edward Stratemeyer
There was first a thaw, then a freeze, then a snow fall which 111preserved everything.Whispering Wires|Henry Leverage
Word Origin for snow
Old English snaw "snow, that which falls as snow; a fall of snow; a snowstorm," from Proto-Germanic *snaiwaz (cf. Old Saxon and Old High German sneo, Old Frisian and Middle Low German sne, Middle Dutch snee, Dutch sneeuw, German Schnee, Old Norse snjor, Gothic snaiws "snow"), from PIE root *sniegwh- "snow; to snow" (cf. Greek nipha, Latin nix (genitive nivis), Old Irish snechta, Irish sneachd, Welsh nyf, Lithuanian sniegas, Old Prussian snaygis, Old Church Slavonic snegu, Russian snieg', Slovak sneh "snow"). The cognate in Sanskrit, snihyati, came to mean "he gets wet." As slang for "cocaine" it is attested from 1914.
c.1300, replacing Old English sniwan, which would have yielded modern snew (which existed as a parallel form until 17c. and, in Yorkshire, even later), from the root of snow (n.). Cf. Middle Dutch sneuuwen, Dutch sneeuwen, Old Norse snjova, Swedish snöga.
Also þikke as snow þat snew,
Or al so hail þat stormes blew.
[Robert Mannyng of Brunne, transl. Wace's "Chronicle," c.1330]
The figurative sense of "overwhelm; surround, cover, and imprison" (as deep snows can do to livestock) is 1880, American English, in phrase to snow (someone) under. Snow job "strong, persistent persuasion in a dubious cause" is World War II armed forces slang, probably from the same metaphoric image.
In addition to the idioms beginning with snow
- snow job
- snow under
- pure as the driven snow