See also: Snow and snów

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Snow-covered road.
Snow-covered trees.

Etymology 1 edit

From Middle English snow, snaw, from Old English snāw (snow), from Proto-West Germanic *snaiw, from Proto-Germanic *snaiwaz (snow), from Proto-Indo-European *snóygʷʰos (snow), from the root *sneygʷʰ-.

Cognate with Scots snaw (snow), West Frisian snie (snow), Dutch sneeuw (snow), German Schnee (snow), Danish sne (snow), Norwegian snø (snow), Swedish snö (snow), Icelandic snjór (snow), Latin nix (snow), Russian снег (sneg), Ancient Greek νίφα (nípha), dialectal Albanian nehë (place where the snow melts), Sanskrit स्नेह (snéha, oil, grease).

The extended senses all trace back to the appearance of the weather phenomenon.

Pronunciation edit

  • (UK) enPR: snō, IPA(key): /snəʊ/, [snəʊ̯]
  • (US) enPR: snō, IPA(key): /snoʊ/, [snoʊ̯]
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  • Rhymes: -əʊ

Noun edit

snow (countable and uncountable, plural snows)

  1. (uncountable) The frozen, crystalline state of water that falls as precipitation.
  2. (uncountable) Any similar frozen form of a gas or liquid.
    • 2008, Neal Asher, Alien Archaeology:
      Clad in a coldsuit Jael trudged through a thin layer of CO2 snow ...
  3. (countable) A snowfall; a blanket of frozen, crystalline water.
    We have had several heavy snows this year.
  4. (uncountable) A shade of the color white.
  5. (uncountable) The moving pattern of random dots displayed on a television, etc., when no transmission signal is being received.
    Synonym: shash
    Near-synonym: static
  6. (uncountable, slang) Cocaine.
    Synonyms: blow; see also Thesaurus:cocaine
  7. Marine snow.
    • 2012, Caspar Henderson, The Book of Barely Imagined Beings, page 286:
      Lower down, in the 95 percent of the ocean where light does not penetrate, many living things feed on 'marine snow', the steady drizzle of particles of dead matter, whitish in colour, gradually sinking from the euphotic zone above. Other animals then feed on the 'snow' eaters.
  8. (informal, in the plural) Clipping of snow tires.
    better be wearing your snows next week
    • 1984 April 7, “Classified advertisement”, in Gay Community News, page 15:
      74 VW dyke mobile, 75K miles. Immac in/out & great to drive. No rust! Includes roofrack, snows, manual.
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Snowing, sense 1

snow (third-person singular simple present snows, present participle snowing, simple past snowed or (dialectal) snew, past participle snowed or (dialectal) snown)

  1. (impersonal) To have snow fall from the sky.
    It is snowing.
    It started to snow.
  2. (colloquial) To hoodwink someone, especially by presenting confusing information.
    • 1958, Saul Bellow, Henderson the Rain King:
      Having passed them in review, I concluded that the best thing would be to try to snow him a little, so I said that I had heard many marvelous reports about the Wariri.
  3. (poker) To bluff in draw poker by refusing to draw any cards.[1]
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  1. ^ Brunson, Doyle (1978) Super/System: A course in power poker, B&G Publishing Company

Etymology 2 edit

From Low German Snaue, or Dutch snauw, from Low German Snau (a snout, a beak). See snout.

English Wikipedia has an article on:
A painting of a naval snow by Charles Brooking, from 1759

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snow (plural snows)

  1. (nautical, historical) A two-masted, square-rigged vessel, trysail-mast stepped immediately abaft the main mast.
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Etymology edit

From Old English snāw, from Proto-West Germanic *snaiw, from Proto-Germanic *snaiwaz.

Pronunciation edit

  • (Early ME, Northern ME) IPA(key): /snɑu̯/
  • IPA(key): /snɔu̯/

Noun edit

snow (plural snowes)

  1. snow (frozen water as precipitation, either while falling or once landed)
  2. snow-white (a snowy white)
  3. The temperature where snow appears.
  4. A blanket of snow; a snowing.

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  • English: snow
  • Scots: snaw
  • Yola: sneow, sneew, snowe, snow

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snow m (uncountable)

  1. snowboarding

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  1. Alternative form of sneow
      An neeat wooden trenshoorès var whiter than snow.
      And neat wooden trenchers far whiter than snow.

References edit

  • Jacob Poole (d. 1827) (before 1828) William Barnes, editor, A Glossary, With some Pieces of Verse, of the old Dialect of the English Colony in the Baronies of Forth and Bargy, County of Wexford, Ireland, London: J. Russell Smith, published 1867, page 96