- 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
Examples from the Web for snowing
It was snowing outside, and he heard a knocking at his door.Denmark Has a Riveting New Drama Starring Mads Mikkelsen|Marlow Stern|July 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It has been snowing for days, and at night temperatures in this mountain hamlet plummet far below zero.
By the time we unloaded our bags at the curb, it was snowing heavily.
The attack is always directed to the creative mind, and when we take note as we do today, it always seems to be snowing.
It is snowing, but the runway at Midway Airport has been swept and the pilots commit to a landing.
She went singing to her algebra, which she could not have done if it had not been snowing.The Green Satin Gown|Laura E. Richards
At length All-Saints' Day arrived, a grey, cold, snowing morning.A Night on the Borders of the Black Forest|Amelia B. Edwards
They stayed in it all Tuesday and Tuesday night, when it was snowing.
He stayed but a little while at Kenmuir, yet when he started for home it was snowing again.Bob, Son of Battle|Alfred Ollivant
It is an awful night, blowing and snowing; all the men but two are hors de combat.Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan, Volume I (of 2)|Isabella L. Bird
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