a mound or bank of snow driven together by the wind.
snow driven before the wind.

Origin of snowdrift

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at snow, drift Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for snowdrift

sleet, slush, snowbank, snowflake, snowfall

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a bank of deep snow driven together by the wind
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Word Origin and History for snowdrift

c.1300, from snow (n.) + drift (n.).

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