See also: Snow and snów


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Snow-covered road.
Snow-covered trees.

Etymology 1Edit

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).


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


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
  6. (uncountable, slang) 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.
Derived termsEdit
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Snowing, sense 1

snow (third-person singular simple present snows, present participle snowing, simple past and past participle snowed)

  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.
Usage notesEdit
  • In older texts and still in dialects, the past tense snew and past participle snown may be encountered.
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See alsoEdit

See also


  • Brunson, Doyle (1978) Super/System: A course in power poker, B&G Publishing Company

Etymology 2Edit

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


snow (plural snows)

  1. (nautical) A square-rigged vessel, differing from a brig only in that she has a trysail mast close abaft the mainmast, on which a large trysail is hoisted.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for “snow” in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)


Middle EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit


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


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


snow (plural snowes)

  1. snow (frozen water as precipitation, either while falling or once landed)
    • c. 1395, John Wycliffe, John Purvey [et al.], transl., Bible (Wycliffite Bible (later version), MS Lich 10.)‎[2], published c. 1410, Apocalips 1:14, page 117v; republished as Wycliffe's translation of the New Testament, Lichfield: Bill Endres, 2010:
      ⁊ þe heed of him ⁊ his heeris weren whiyt as whiyt wolle .· ⁊ as ſnow / ⁊ þe iȝen of him as flawme of fier .·
      And his head and his hairs were white, like white wool or snow, and his eyes were like fire's flame.
  2. snow-white (a snowy white)
  3. The temperature where snow appears.
  4. A blanket of snow; a snowing.

Derived termsEdit


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




  • IPA(key): /esˈnou/, [ezˈnou̯]


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.


  • Jacob Poole (1867), 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, page 96