1) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n Wintry weather is cold and has features that are typical of winter.

Wintry weather continues to sweep across Britain...

A wintry wind was blowing.

...a dark wintry day.

2) ADJ-GRADED If you describe someone's attitude or behaviour as wintry, you mean that they seem very unfriendly.

He was, according to witnesses, extremely wintry with Her Royal Highness.


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