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wintry

[win-tree] /ˈwɪn tri/
adjective, wintrier, wintriest.
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.
3.
suggestive of winter, as in lack of warmth or cheer:
a wintry manner.
Also, wintery.
Origin
900
before 900; Old English wintrig (not recorded in ME); see winter, -y1
Related forms
wintrily, adverb
wintriness, noun
unwintry, adjective
Synonyms
3. cold, bleak, cheerless.
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British Dictionary definitions for wintry

wintry

/ˈwɪntrɪ/
adjective -trier, -triest
1.
(esp of weather) of or characteristic of winter
2.
lacking cheer or warmth; bleak
Derived Forms
wintrily, adverb
wintriness, winteriness, (rare) winterliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for wintry
adj.

Old English wintrig; see winter + -y (2); "but modern use a new formation" [OED].

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