wintry

If it makes you think of winter, it's wintry. Use the adjective wintry to describe a cold, gray January day.

The adjective wintry is sometimes spelled wintery. Either way, it describes something that happens in the winter time, or that reminds you of winter in some way. A photograph of your uncle's snow-covered Christmas tree farm shows a wintry scene, and a blustery wind on a February morning will feel wintry. It can also describe a person who is emotionally cool or unfriendly: "Her greeting was wintry, and she refused to shake my hand."

Definitions of wintry
  1. adjective
    characteristic of or occurring in winter
    “suffered severe wintry weather”
    “brown wintry grasses”
    synonyms: wintery
    brumal, hibernal, hiemal
    characteristic of or relating to winter
    winter-blooming, winter-flowering
    of plants that bloom during the winter
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    Antonyms:
    vernal
    of or characteristic of or occurring in spring
    summery
    belonging to or characteristic of or occurring in summer
    autumnal
    of or characteristic of or occurring in autumn
    early-blooming, early-flowering, late-spring-blooming, spring-blooming, spring-flowering
    of plants that bloom during the spring
    aestival, estival
    (rare) of or occurring in summer
    summer-blooming, summer-flowering
    of plants that bloom during the summer
    autumn-blooming, autumn-flowering, fall-blooming, fall-flowering, late-blooming, late-flowering
    of plants that bloom during the autumn
    late-ripening
    of plants that ripen in the fall
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  2. adjective
    devoid of warmth and cordiality; expressive of unfriendliness or disdain
    wintry smile”
    synonyms: frigid, frosty, frozen, glacial, icy
    cold
    extended meanings; especially of psychological coldness; without human warmth or emotion
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