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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.

  1. suggestive of winter, as in lack of warmth or cheer: a wintry manner.

Origin of wintry

First recorded before 900; Old English wintrig (not recorded in Middle English ); see winter, -y1
  • Also win·ter·y [win-tuh-ree, -tree] /ˈwɪn tə ri, -tri/ .

Other words for wintry

Other words from wintry

  • win·tri·ly, adverb
  • win·tri·ness, noun
  • un·win·try, adjective

Words Nearby wintry Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use wintry in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for wintry


wintery (ˈwɪntərɪ, -trɪ) or less commonly winterly

/ (ˈwɪntrɪ) /

adjective-trier or -triest
  1. (esp of weather) of or characteristic of winter

  2. lacking cheer or warmth; bleak

Derived forms of wintry

  • wintrily, adverb
  • wintriness, winteriness or rare winterliness, noun

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