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adjective, win·tri·er, win·tri·est.
  1. of or characteristic of winter: wintry blasts; wintry skies.
  2. resembling winter weather; having snow, frost, cold, storms, etc.: We had wintry weather well into May last year.
  3. suggestive of winter, as in lack of warmth or cheer: a wintry manner.
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Also wintery.

Origin of wintry

before 900; Old English wintrig (not recorded in ME); see winter, -y1
Related formswin·tri·ly, adverbwin·tri·ness, nounun·win·try, adjective

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Related Words for wintriness

snow, chill, coolness, iciness, coldness, frigidity, drop, ice, freeze, rime, blight, dip, hoarfrost, frost, refrigeration, rawness, ague, draft, shivering, inclemency

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Historical Examples of wintriness

  • They felt the death again, a whole field laid low by one stroke, and wintriness in the season of glad life.

    The Amazing Marriage, Complete

    George Meredith

  • The hills that fringed the city were ragged in their wintriness, and ash-dark with the thickening dusk.

    The Tempering

    Charles Neville Buck

British Dictionary definitions for wintriness


wintery (ˈwɪntərɪ, -trɪ) or less commonly winterly

adjective -trier or -triest
  1. (esp of weather) of or characteristic of winter
  2. lacking cheer or warmth; bleak
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Derived Formswintrily, adverbwintriness, winteriness or rare winterliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for wintriness



Old English wintrig; see winter + -y (2); "but modern use a new formation" [OED].

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