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[snoh-ee] /ˈsnoʊ i/
adjective, snowier, snowiest.
abounding in or covered with snow:
snowy fields.
characterized by snow, as the weather:
a snowy day.
pertaining to, consisting of, or resembling snow.
of the color of snow; snow-white:
snowy skin.
immaculate; unsullied.
Origin of snowy
before 1000; Middle English snawy, Old English snāwig. See snow, -y1
Related forms
snowily, adverb
snowiness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for snowy
  • Half the sky erased in a snowy mist, rooftops laden w/ snow.
  • The freezer case was full of curious meats: a snowy hunk of a fin whale's throat, a slab of musk ox.
  • They are hilarious and enormously engaging on this snowy day.
  • It didn't stick, but it was a snowy afternoon with more forecast for tomorrow.
  • Explore the comet's surprising snowy landscape in the slides that follow.
  • The snowy cold he knows to flee and every human exigency crackles as he plugs it in: every outlet works but one.
  • To get boyfriends, she knocks boys down and grinds their faces in the snowy grit.
  • He is reported to have been driving under snowy conditions when he lost control of his car, which was struck by another vehicle.
  • It may be snowy in spots, but there are snowier places.
  • Yet these picky cats don't adapt well to change, so it's also important to protect their snowy homes.
British Dictionary definitions for snowy


adjective snowier, snowiest
covered with or abounding in snow: snowy hills
characterized by snow: snowy weather
resembling snow in whiteness, purity, etc
Derived Forms
snowily, adverb
snowiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for snowy

Old English snawig; see snow (n.) + -y (2). Related: Snowiness. Cf. Middle Low German sneig, Old High German snewac, German schneeig, Old Norse snæugr, Swedish snögig, Danish sneig.

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