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[win-tree] /ˈwɪn tri/
adjective, wintrier, wintriest.
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, wintery.
Origin of wintry
before 900; Old English wintrig (not recorded in ME); see winter, -y1
Related forms
wintrily, adverb
wintriness, noun
unwintry, adjective
3. cold, bleak, cheerless. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for wintry
  • But several hotels in wintry climates are offering reasons to embrace the cold.
  • Elaborate light displays decorate the wintry city center.
  • Others argue that no complex life could have survived that wintry a wonderland.
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  • Imagine an alien visitor chancing upon a basketball arena on a wintry night.
  • Finally, if there's any doubt in your mind about driving in wintry conditions, stay off the roads.
British Dictionary definitions for wintry


adjective -trier, -triest
(esp of weather) of or characteristic of winter
lacking cheer or warmth; bleak
Derived Forms
wintrily, adverb
wintriness, winteriness, (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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