blizzard vs snowstorm what difference

what is difference between blizzard and snowstorm

English

Etymology

Unknown. Compare English blizz (violent rainstorm), dialectal English bliz (violent blow).

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈblɪ.zəd/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈblɪ.zɚd/

Noun

blizzard (plural blizzards)

  1. A large snowstorm accompanied by strong winds and greatly reduced visibility caused by blowing snow.
  2. (figuratively) A large amount of paperwork.
  3. (figuratively) A large number of similar things.

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Verb

blizzard (third-person singular simple present blizzards, present participle blizzarding, simple past and past participle blizzarded)

  1. (impersonal, of snow) To fall in windy conditions.

Coordinate terms

  • flurry

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French

Pronunciation

Noun

blizzard m (plural blizzards)

  1. blizzard
    Hypernym: tempête de neige

Synonyms

  • pourga (Russia)


English

Etymology

From snow +‎ storm. Compare Saterland Frisian Sneestoarm, West Frisian sniestoarm, German Schneesturm, Dutch sneeuwstorm, Swedish snöstorm, Icelandic snjóstormur.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈsnəʊstɔːm/

Noun

snowstorm (plural snowstorms)

  1. Bad weather involving blowing winds and snow, or blowing winds and heavy snowfall amount.
  2. A snow globe.
    • 1947, Dornford Yates, The Berry Scene, Ward, Lock & Co., 273:
      As we made our way down, my eye was caught by a snowstorm—one of those little glass balls, with a baby cottage inside.

Synonyms

  • (bad weather): blizzard
  • (snow globe): snowdome, snow globe

Derived terms

  • snowstormy

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