winter

[win-ter]

noun

adjective

verb (used without object)

to spend or pass the winter: to winter in Italy.
to keep, feed, or manage during the winter, as plants or cattle: plants wintering indoors.

Origin of winter

before 900; (noun) Middle English, Old English; cognate with German Winter, Old Norse vetr, Gothic wintrus; (v.) Middle English, derivative of the noun; akin to wet, water
Related formswin·ter·er, nounwin·ter·ish, adjectivewin·ter·ish·ly, adverbwin·ter·less, adjective
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Related Words for winter

cold, frost, chill, wintertime, wintertide

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British Dictionary definitions for winter

winter

noun

  1. (sometimes capital)the coldest season of the year, between autumn and spring, astronomically from the December solstice to the March equinox in the N hemisphere and at the opposite time of year in the S hemisphere
  2. (as modifier)winter pasture
the period of cold weather associated with the winter
a time of decline, decay, etc
mainly poetic a year represented by this seasona man of 72 winters Related adjectives: brumal, hibernal, hiemal

verb

(intr) to spend the winter in a specified place
to keep or feed (farm animals, etc) during the winter or (of farm animals) to be kept or fed during the winter
Derived Formswinterer, nounwinterish or winter-like, adjectivewinterless, adjective

Word Origin for winter

Old English; related to Old Saxon, Old High German wintar, Old Norse vetr, Gothic wintrus
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Word Origin and History for winter
n.

Old English, "fourth season of the year," from Proto-Germanic *wentruz (cf. Old Frisian, Dutch winter, Old Saxon, Old High German wintar, German winter, Danish and Swedish vinter, Gothic wintrus, Old Norse vetr "winter"), possibly from PIE *wed-/*wod-/*ud- "wet" (see water), or from *wind- "white" (cf. Celtic vindo- "white").

The Anglo-Saxons counted years in "winters," cf. Old English ænetre "one-year-old." Old Norse Vetrardag, first day of winter, was the Saturday that fell between Oct. 10 and 16.

v.

"to pass the winter (in some place)," late 14c., from winter (n.). Related: Wintered; wintering.

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