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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 wintry

desolate, frozen, freezing, chilly, icy, frigid, bleak, frosty, biting, cutting, dismal, harsh, raw, snappy, brumal, hibernal, hiemal, icebox

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British Dictionary definitions for wintry


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 wintry


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

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