Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

winter

[win-ter]
See more synonyms for winter on Thesaurus.com
noun
  1. the cold season between autumn and spring in northern latitudes (in the Northern Hemisphere from the winter solstice to the vernal equinox; in the Southern Hemisphere from the summer solstice to the autumnal equinox).
  2. the months of December, January, and February in the U.S., and of November, December, and January in Great Britain.
  3. cold weather: a touch of winter in northern Florida.
  4. the colder half of the year (opposed to summer).
  5. a whole year as represented by this season: a man of sixty winters.
  6. a period like winter, as the last or final period of life; a period of decline, decay, inertia, dreariness, or adversity.
Show More
adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of winter: a winter sunset.
  2. (of fruit and vegetables) of a kind that may be kept for use during the winter.
  3. planted in the autumn to be harvested in the spring or early summer: winter rye.
Show More
verb (used without object)
  1. to spend or pass the winter: to winter in Italy.
  2. to keep, feed, or manage during the winter, as plants or cattle: plants wintering indoors.
Show More

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for wintered

hide, vegetate, sleep, winter, immure

Examples from the Web for wintered

Historical Examples of wintered

  • They had wintered it and springed it, and clung to it through bright days and dark.

    Four Girls and a Compact

    Annie Hamilton Donnell

  • There they wintered, and there in the spring was born a son and heir to all the Blandamer estates.

    The Nebuly Coat

    John Meade Falkner

  • Where they stopped they wintered, building cabins and starting "towns."

  • The following is the system I have adopted in the selection of the cattle I have wintered.

  • They are perfectly hardy, and can be wintered without any protection.

    Your Plants

    James Sheehan


British Dictionary definitions for wintered

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
  1. the period of cold weather associated with the winter
  2. a time of decline, decay, etc
  3. mainly poetic a year represented by this seasona man of 72 winters Related adjectives: brumal, hibernal, hiemal
Show More
verb
  1. (intr) to spend the winter in a specified place
  2. to keep or feed (farm animals, etc) during the winter or (of farm animals) to be kept or fed during the winter
Show More
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for wintered

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.

Show More

winter

v.

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

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper