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snowed (snəʊd Pronunciation for snowed



  1. (slang) under the influence of narcotic drugs

snow (snəʊ Pronunciation for snow



  1. precipitation from clouds in the form of flakes of ice crystals formed in the upper atmosphere related adjective niveous
  2. a layer of snowflakes on the ground
  3. a fall of such precipitation
  4. anything resembling snow in whiteness, softness, etc
  5. the random pattern of white spots on a television or radar screen, produced by noise in the receiver and occurring when the signal is weak or absent
  6. (slang) cocaine
  7. See carbon dioxide snow


  1. (intransitive; with it as subject) to be the case that snow is falling
  2. (transitive; usually passive, followed by over, under, in, or up) to cover or confine with a heavy fall of snow
  3. often with it as subject to fall or cause to fall as or like snow
  4. (transitive) (US & Canadian, slang) to deceive or overwhelm with elaborate often insincere talk See snow job
  5. See be snowed under

Derived Forms

ˈsnowless adjective
ˈsnowˌlike adjective

Word Origin

Old English snāw; related to Old Norse snjōr, Gothic snaiws, Old High German snēo, Greek nipha

Example Sentences Including 'snowed'

Depending on how long we're snowed up, the food may get a bit monotonous, but there'll be enough of it.
Babson, Marian Weekend for Murder
It snowed heavily in the night and at Belgrade a guard stumbled along the track to thaw the points with a flaming torch.
Marsden, Philip The Crossing-Place
Luke and his people usually cater for this do, but they're snowed under right now.
Tony Parsons MAN AND WIFE (2002)
My `but" is that I'm snowed under with work here, the dining-room table is laden down with five separate piles of case files.
Barnard, Robert Political Suicide
My guess is that recruitment agencies are snowed under resumes from poorly qualified or absolutely unqualified candidates.
India Today (2000)
Roads to more than 2000 villages in western Turkey had been snowed in, Anatolian said.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
You got a shovel or a board and you did your own ice after it snowed.
Edmonton Sun (2003)
``We were leading at the end of day four and on day five it snowed.
The Mercury, Sunday Tasmanian (2005)


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