adjective, snow·i·er, snow·i·est.

abounding in or covered with snow: snowy fields.
characterized by snow, as the weather: a snowy day.
pertaining to, consisting of, or resembling snow.
of the color of snow; snow-white: snowy skin.
immaculate; unsullied.

Origin of snowy

before 1000; Middle English snawy, Old English snāwig. See snow, -y1
Related formssnow·i·ly, adverbsnow·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of snowy

Historical Examples of snowy

  • The lantern, set on a tombstone beside them, blinked in a snowy gust.

  • And no thought of impurity came to him on beholding that lily, snowy whiteness.

  • Beauteous and snowy was the person of the fair: her form was delicate, and her limbs were tender.


    William Godwin

  • Her tender side is gored; her spotless and snowy coat is deformed with blood.


    William Godwin

  • He was old and snowy haired, but as fresh as a daisy and as spry as a cricket.

    Sure Pop and the Safety Scouts

    Roy Rutherford Bailey

British Dictionary definitions for snowy


adjective snowier or snowiest

covered with or abounding in snowsnowy hills
characterized by snowsnowy weather
resembling snow in whiteness, purity, etc
Derived Formssnowily, adverbsnowiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for snowy

Old English snawig; see snow (n.) + -y (2). Related: Snowiness. Cf. Middle Low German sneig, Old High German snewac, German schneeig, Old Norse snæugr, Swedish snögig, Danish sneig.

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