Definition of blizzard in US English:



  • 1A severe snowstorm with high winds and low visibility.

    • ‘In addition, high winds accompanying blizzards have pushed snow through grills and into buildings' ductwork.’
    • ‘Much of the year I worry about my northern friends, with their blizzards, tornadoes, heat waves, droughts.’
    • ‘In all it was a beautiful quiet day and definitely not a blizzard, just a snowstorm.’
    • ‘Meteorologists have long known that extreme weather phenomena - blizzards, hurricanes, drought, and the like - coincide with these cycles.’
    • ‘And then there are the weather warnings for hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, floods, winds, and tides.’
    • ‘Many of the famous blizzards and northeasters that battered the East Coast and sank ships in the northwestern Atlantic Ocean throughout history were bomb cyclones.’
    • ‘In some places, the blizzard winds had blown their path clear of snow.’
    • ‘Small trees would be cut down to mark the spot because of the severe winter with its blizzards and bad weather.’
    • ‘The heavy blizzards can be so severe and the snowdrifts have been known to reach the roof.’
    • ‘The blizzard winds had come in much sooner than they normally did and he and the maids had been stuck in the compound for three weeks.’
    • ‘The blizzard became severe on the afternoon of the 25th.’
    • ‘In the winter, blizzards and ice storms strike all the way down into Texas.’
    • ‘If you lose electric power during a blizzard or ice storm, you probably will lose your heat.’
    • ‘The illustrated book covers 70 years of Yorkshire's gales, blizzards, tornados and droughts.’
    • ‘In my years, I have witnessed, first hand, tornadoes, blizzards, nor'easters, drought, ice storms, lighting, flood and rain.’
    • ‘Unpredictable summer storms, floods, and other water accompanied disasters such as hurricanes, blizzards, and tornados are some more reasons for water damage.’
    • ‘In many natural disasters, be it a blizzard, tornado or hurricane, the power is sometimes the first utility that fails.’
    • ‘In the 1980's, after more than 100 wind turbines were set up across the state, none of them survived blizzards with winds blowing at 130 kilometers an hour.’
    • ‘Since that first winter, I've been through two ice storms and blizzards, as well as ‘normal’ winters, and frankly, I hate them.’
    • ‘Winds are strong and frequent, and hurricanes and blizzards are common.’
    snowstorm, snow blast, snow squall
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    1. 1.1 An overabundance; a deluge.
      ‘a blizzard of legal forms’
      • ‘The blizzard of details the prosecution produced was meticulous and almost irrelevant.’
      • ‘Politicians, policy experts and academics are amazingly complacent about the blizzard of cross-subsidies that now rages.’
      • ‘People were helping others run and avoid the blizzard of debris.’
      • ‘Hackers tried to trick users into visiting a maliciously-constructed website using a blizzard of spam emails last week.’
      • ‘As usual with governments, this recognition is late and accompanied by a blizzard of bureaucracy and paperwork.’
      • ‘I say ‘happily’ - that was before a blizzard of information descended on us council tenants about the so-called three options.’
      • ‘To curb overheating, regulators have produced a blizzard of edicts in the last fortnight, and made a few high profile arrests.’
      • ‘In an effort to help clear a path through this blizzard of misinformation and propaganda, here are the pertinent facts.’
      • ‘Thereafter, we were treated to a blizzard of corporate cameos.’
      • ‘He is a constant bundle of energy, founding and leading a whole blizzard of extra-curricular clubs and plays, never quite satisfied for long.’
      • ‘Marking a memo ‘Secret’ gives it a certain cachet, makes it worthy of attention in the blizzard of paperwork that consumes government offices.’
      • ‘The flagship scheme then became lost in a blizzard of red tape.’
      • ‘Each month, I faced a blizzard of bills, which came to dominate my life.’
      • ‘The main product was a blizzard of internal memos - so many that most days could be spent just responding to them.’
      • ‘What is the average citizen to do, facing this blizzard of charges and countercharges and theories and countertheories?’
      • ‘In the days immediately following his £2.3m signing a week past on Wednesday, a blizzard of newsprint was devoted to the 23-year-old.’
      • ‘The mass no-show came despite a flurry of ads encouraging participation, and a veritable blizzard of TV spots exploring the question of voter apathy, especially among youth.’
      • ‘There will be a storm of prudent rhetoric, a blizzard of initiatives and tax breaks and a torrent of concessions towards pensioners and motorists in rural areas.’
      • ‘There is irony in the book's blizzard of anecdotal details.’
      • ‘As I braced for the weather that's buffeted the East Coast recently, I thought: What a spiraling blizzard of bad policy we face.’
      • ‘Or had it provided sanctuary from the remorseless blizzard of e-mails, phone calls, meetings and other responsibilities?’
      • ‘The code breaks into numbers, which decay further into a blizzard of zeros and ones.’
      • ‘Most Western directors seem so afraid of boring an audience or losing their interest that they bombard our senses with a blizzard of images and a cacophony of noise.’
      • ‘But at least there's some attempt to deal with and current affairs amid all that girl-mag blizzard of fashion, bizarre beauty treatments and gossip.’
      • ‘There has also been a blizzard of complaints about poor customer service, falling earnings, rising debt, and a hostile attempt to force changes at board level.’
      • ‘And did this blizzard of deal activity generate tangible additional value for their shareholders?’
      • ‘A blizzard of speeches and press conferences marked Day One of the General Election.’
      • ‘The Minister says that she has had to make regular visits to the regional capital to cope with a blizzard of bureaucracy.’
      • ‘As the blizzard of redundancies and closures continued through the 1970s and 80s, finding investment for such ventures was about as easy as crossing a motorway blindfolded.’
      • ‘However, in the blizzard of journalistic hype, these subtle forms they create are being lost.’
      • ‘Instead of getting on with something useful, managers will be delayed and demoralised by a blizzard of forms to fill in.’
      • ‘Regardless of what it drafts, the agency expects a similar blizzard of public comment.’
      • ‘Looking through the blizzard of wildly differing reports of the housing market, there is at least a hint that activity is slowing and that prices have - not before time - topped out.’
      • ‘His first two solo shows were a blizzard of styles, combining watercolours and charcoals, landscapes and portraits, religious paintings crafted lovingly by a committed atheist.’
      • ‘A blizzard of writs, in fact, and all from the same person.’
      • ‘A couple of weeks ago, my inbox received a blizzard of emails, courtesy of the latest virus.’
      • ‘Then came the blizzard of self-serving press releases.’
      • ‘And while hitting the top 10 has created a blizzard of credibility-tinged hype around the group, they just can't live up to their radical image.’
      • ‘We'll gather this blizzard of user reports into sections.’
      • ‘It's about the emotional trauma suffered by those who get caught-up in the blizzard of pink slips in today's harsh, corporate climate.’


Early 19th century (originally US, denoting a violent blow): of unknown origin.