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.
- Also win·ter·y [win-tuh-ree, -tree] /ˈwɪn tə ri, -tri/ .
- win·tri·ly, adverb
- win·tri·ness, noun
- un·win·try, adjective
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How to use wintry in a sentence
Then on Saturday, a wintry mix of precipitation is possible throughout the region.Snow expected tonight, mainly south of D.C., before possible ice on Saturday | Jason Samenow, Wes Junker | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
The snow or wintry mix could continue Saturday night as lows drop toward the 20s.D.C.-area forecast: Cloudy and milder today before winter storm threats arrive | Matt Rogers | February 9, 2021 | Washington Post
This drawn-out wintry weather event may come in two waves, traveling along an Arctic front draped over the Mid-Atlantic.After Sunday’s slush fest, another winter storm threatens by Wednesday night | Jason Samenow, Wes Junker | February 8, 2021 | Washington Post
Light wintry precipitation arrives late night, most likely starting as rain or a mix and turning to snow.D.C.-area forecast: Turning warmer and breezy today. Snow chances rise Saturday night into Sunday. | A. Camden Walker | February 5, 2021 | Washington Post
Nor did Monday’s flake-filled skies and consistently wintry vibe seem to vanish as night and darkness drew on.
Begins: As soon as enough snow has fallen to turn even the most mundane things into lovely wintry sculpture.So You Are Enduring a Temporarily Paralyzing Winter Storm | Kelly Williams Brown | February 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
December 13, cold and wet snow: the first day so wintry that Roland Moore rode out to his stock tank to break ice.
Sequined dresses were shown with long, thigh-grazing sweaters in dark, wintry colors.Marc Jacobs: Hot & Heavy for Spring 2014 at New York Fashion Week | Isabel Wilkinson | September 14, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The designer closed out the festivities with a bang—and served up dark, wintry clothes for spring amid piles of wreckage.Marc Jacobs: Hot & Heavy for Spring 2014 at New York Fashion Week | Isabel Wilkinson | September 14, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The place looked pretty bleak in the pelting snow and final minutes of wintry gray light.
She smiled back at him, a pale, timid smile, like a gleam of sunshine from a wintry sky.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
Each day saw the wintry winds grow colder, and soon the ice upon Lake Luna was thick enough to bear.The Girls of Central High on the Stage | Gertrude W. Morrison
Later had come lean and bitter years until finally his reputation dwindled like a gutted candle in a wintry room at midnight.The Man from Time | Frank Belknap Long
And then Lamb began to taste something like panic even as the first neon signs began to smear the wintry shadows.
Thick fog banks came sweeping past at intervals; a cold north-easterly gale conveyed a wintry feeling to the air.The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands | R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for wintry
(esp of weather) of or characteristic of winter
lacking cheer or warmth; bleak
- wintrily, adverb
- wintriness, winteriness or rare winterliness, noun
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