Definition of snowbound in English:

snowbound

adjective

  • 1Prevented from travelling or going out by snow or snowy weather.

    ‘he was snowbound in the nearby mountains’
    • ‘I really don't want to be snowbound here until tomorrow…’
    • ‘Soups, stews and pasta are ideal for addressing the situation but, as we have been snowbound since December 29, we've been alternating those alternatives for three months now.’
    • ‘A writer-caretaker who, snowbound in this sepulchral hell, eventually loses it, his descent into madness is displayed through the most perversely witty of character arcs.’
    • ‘He also has some infatuation with Tolkien, as might be guessed from the name, lives in California, and has a fondness for taunting snowbound Minnesotans with photos of blooming flowers.’
    • ‘Students at six Eastern Cape schools failed to write yesterday's mock exams as they were snowbound the whole day yesterday.’
    • ‘We've got fresh, sparkly snow out here this morning and even though it's only a few inches, we're going to pretend it's a major blizzard and we're snowbound.’
    • ‘Years later, while snowbound in his Canadian home-in-exile with only the odd visits from the local librarian for company, he is dispassionate about the moral choices he's made.’
    • ‘Several of Kevin's fellow snowbound superintendents have snow removal duties, snowmobile businesses, snow grooming and cross-country ski trails to maintain.’
    • ‘If you have to be snowbound, Cambridge, and especially the beautiful Charles Hotel, is a great place to be.’
    • ‘Starfish is the first company to bring the smells of the Caribbean to us poor snowbound souls on the mainland.’
    • ‘And, if you've got some time to kill at work (or if you're snowbound like us Washingtonians), take a tour of the Framley Museum.’
    • ‘This may sound fairly straightforward but, when I add that most of our work involves food, that we don't have mains electricity, and that we are snowbound for six months of the year, the insanity of it all may sink in.’
    1. 1.1 Covered in snow or inaccessible because of it.
      ‘a snowbound Alpine village’
      • ‘I fingered the little figurine and remembered over years the snowbound village, the dreadful lunch guests, and the vicar's mild, foolish face.’
      • ‘Scattered along fertile valleys, between sands and snows, most Afghan people farm land which is seared by 40 Centigrade summers, and is snowbound by the long, cold winters.’
      • ‘These little puff pastries are served on a white napkin with bowls of chocolate sauce and raspberry coulis for dipping, and they're as close as you'll get, in snowbound Manhattan, to a taste of the real thing.’
      • ‘Skis were particularly well suited to travel through snowbound central Idaho, because the trees are sparse.’
      • ‘There is an incredible scene, filmed at night, when the two are helped over snowbound mountains by Kurdish villagers.’
      • ‘One of the worst areas was beyond Smithills where several moorland roads were snowbound, and cattle trucks have been marooned.’
      • ‘Mainlanders wrongly think Tasmania is snowbound all year round.’
      • ‘He spends his days stealing beer and cigarettes to numb the boredom of life in the miniscule, snowbound village he has grown up in.’
      • ‘The village of Oberndorf was snowbound, and the candlelit midnight mass had come to an abrupt end.’
      • ‘Photographs and film of the period are evocative, and the thin but endless line of prospectors struggling up the snowbound Chilcoot Pass is as powerful an icon of human endeavour - or human greed - as any ever made.’
      • ‘I was told to dress warmly, for the Sierra Nevada, as the name implies, are snowbound nearly all the year, and even in July and August when the road is clear, it's still chilly at 11,000 feet above sea level.’
      • ‘I looked back out at the snowbound village in the distance, the rising sun throwing a glare from ice and snow and I tried to sort through his words.’
      • ‘The region remains completely snowbound, and despite a large volunteer snow-clearing effort, it will probably be several days or weeks before the district is accessible by ground traffic.’
      • ‘It seemed like two weeks; having flown back from snowbound Minnesota to semi-tropical California, it was as if I had switched planets instead of just states.’
      • ‘The area could not be cleared of poppy earlier as it was snowbound.’
      • ‘Left alone in the dark, Jack experiences fractured memories of the war and the death of the police officer on a snowbound Vermont highway.’
      • ‘Although most of North Yorkshire was snowbound Sandhill Lane provided a welcome island of green.’
      • ‘For desperate Allied servicemen on the run from World War Two POW camps, the winding snowbound passes of the Pyrenees were just one of many obstacles on the long journey home.’
      • ‘To fulfill this anticipation, you'll cross a number of differing terrains, including deserts, snowbound mountain passes and fetid swampland, gathering a number of companions along the way.’
      • ‘We are on to the upper snowbound reaches of the mountain now.’

Pronunciation

snowbound

/ˈsnəʊbaʊnd/