Definition of wintry in English:


(also wintery)


  • Characteristic of winter, especially in feeling or looking very cold and bleak.

    ‘a wintry landscape’
    • ‘Sheep brave the wintry weather at Hawes in Wensleydale during the cold snap which has hit the region’
    • ‘The restaurant and bars also traded in Euros with hot whiskeys the order of the day, staving off the chill wintry winds.’
    • ‘We see all four girls training for the sprint relay on a bitterly cold wintry day, with constant rain lashing the track.’
    • ‘Runners encountered wintry and snowy conditions on the summit although it was mild and calm in Kirkby Stephen.’
    • ‘It is a bleak wintry scene as an SUV makes its way down an unpaved road to a rural village.’
    • ‘During this cold wintry spell maybe they might need some help with shopping or suchlike.’
    • ‘His adrenaline did not the let the cold wintry night chill his bones, he felt as warm as could be.’
    • ‘It was one of those cold wintry days of the month of January that sent chills of frost through the air.’
    • ‘To the north and northwest, the sky looks cold and wintry, the clouds like ice cubes.’
    • ‘Vermeer's paintings come to life in the dappled light of wintry landscapes and the dusty darkness of candlelit interiors.’
    • ‘Not least, the frosty fog that lies over the valley floor adds a cold, wintery veil.’
    • ‘The sun was shining outside, but it didn't change the wintery cold that stuck to the windows and tried to enter the warm room.’
    • ‘The entire composition is unified by an extensive, wintry landscape containing distant narrative details.’
    • ‘His eyes told of unspoken words, his radiant smile warmed my heart like a ray of sunshine on cold wintry day.’
    • ‘Admittedly we hesitate on cold, wintry mornings when needles of rain spike the bedroom window.’
    • ‘Even though we are experiencing cold, wintry weather, the prospects of a white Christmas do not seem to be high.’
    • ‘On camera she seems angular and frosty, a wintry weather vane, but in real life much softer.’
    • ‘In the wintry rain, it feels bleak, but today it was bathed in summer light and it felt like a really good place to be.’
    • ‘Sitting here in cold, wet wintry London has got me thinking of the great year I spent in Australia.’
    • ‘On a bleak wintry day, how we could improve our lot if we could just adjust the colour and brightness of the world that swirls around us.’
    bleak, cold, chilly, frosty, freezing, icy, snowy, icy-cold, arctic, glacial, frigid, bitter, biting, piercing, sharp, raw
    unfriendly, cool, chilly, cold, frosty, frigid, glacial, bleak, distant, remote
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Old English wintrig (see winter, -y).