[ win-tree ]
/ ˈwɪn tri /

adjective, win·tri·er, win·tri·est.

of or characteristic of winter: wintry blasts; wintry skies.
resembling winter weather; having snow, frost, cold, storms, etc.: We had wintry weather well into May last year.
suggestive of winter, as in lack of warmth or cheer: a wintry manner.

Nearby words

  1. winthrop,
  2. winthrop, john,
  3. winthrop, robert charles,
  4. wintle,
  5. winton,
  6. wintu,
  7. wintun,
  8. winy,
  9. winze,
  10. wip

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

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British Dictionary definitions for wintry


wintery (ˈwɪntərɪ, -trɪ) or less commonly winterly

/ (ˈwɪntrɪ) /

adjective -trier or -triest

(esp of weather) of or characteristic of winter
lacking cheer or warmth; bleak
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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