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  1. shut in or immobilized by snow.
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Origin of snowbound

First recorded in 1805–15; snow + -bound1
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Examples from the Web for snowbound

Historical Examples

  • A world that was snowbound, weighted and blanketed with a mantle of white.

    Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930


  • Then Dick had to go over all the adventures of the snowbound days.

  • Snowbound in the North, I dreamed, as a child, of this world of eternal sunshine.

    The Clansman

    Thomas Dixon

  • Here you are,—snowbound on a treeless plain with mother old and crippled.

  • For the sake of atmosphere, her room-mate read Snowbound to her.

British Dictionary definitions for snowbound


  1. confined to one place by heavy falls or drifts of snow; snowed-in
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Word Origin and History for snowbound


1814, from snow (n.) + bound (adj.1).

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