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.

Nearby words

  1. winsor,
  2. winsor, justin,
  3. winstanley,
  4. winston,
  5. winston-salem,
  6. winter aconite,
  7. winter barley,
  8. winter break,
  9. winter cherry,
  10. winter cress

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for winter

British Dictionary definitions for winter



  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


(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
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