Definition of wintry in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwint(ə)rē/
(also wintery /ˈwint(ə)rē/)

adjective (wintrier, wintriest)

Characteristic of winter, especially in feeling or looking very cold and bleak: a wintry landscape figurative his eyes were decidedly wintry
More example sentences
  • We see all four girls training for the sprint relay on a bitterly cold wintry day, with constant rain lashing the track.
  • His adrenaline did not the let the cold wintry night chill his bones, he felt as warm as could be.
  • Admittedly we hesitate on cold, wintry mornings when needles of rain spike the bedroom window.
bleak, cold, chilly, chill, frosty, freezing, icy, snowy, blizzardy, arctic, glacial, bitter, raw, hypothermic
informal nippy
unfriendly, unwelcoming, cool, cold, frosty, frigid, dismal, cheerless



Pronunciation: /-trəlē/
Example sentences
  • You'll see ice palaces of crystal-clear beauty, which will lead you even on hot summer days into a wintrily world of ice.
  • I'd have sworn he was still burning the way his body shone. Barr's tone is homely, gnarled, wintrily pastoral.
  • Its own crushed infinity of crystals, its own richness of tiny sculpture, fills it, when regarded near at hand, with wonderful depths of coloured shadow, and, though wintrily transformed, it is still water, and has watery tones of blue.


Example sentences
  • There is supporting evidence as to the wintriness in Dickens's description of the bleak skies, cold rain, and mud that accompanies Martin's tumbril-like journey by cart from Salisbury to London.
  • This brief and lovely piece is born of a kind of dreamy wintriness that is immediately captivating.
  • There was no breeze next to the deserted highway, but the air was filled with prickly wintriness.


Old English wintrig (see winter, -y1).

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Syllabification: win·try

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