Definition of blizzard noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈblɪzəd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈblɪzərd//
    Snow and ice, Wind, Natural disasters
    jump to other results
  1. 1a snowstorm with very strong winds blizzard conditions The blizzard struck the north-east yesterday, causing serious damage. a raging/howling blizzard Wordfinderavalanche, blizzard, drift, flurry, hail, icicle, sleet, slush, snow, thaw CollocationsThe weatherGood weather be bathed in/​bask in/​be blessed with/​enjoy bright/​brilliant/​glorious sunshine the sun shines/​warms something/​beats down (on something) the sunshine breaks/​streams through something fluffy/​wispy clouds drift across the sky a gentle/​light/​stiff/​cool/​warm/​sea breeze blows in/​comes in off the sea the snow crunches beneath/​under somebody’s feet/​bootsBad weather thick/​dark/​storm clouds form/​gather/​roll in/​cover the sky/​block out the sun the sky darkens/​turns black a fine mist hangs in the air a dense/​heavy/​thick fog rolls in the rain falls/​comes down (in buckets/​sheets)/pours down snow falls/​comes down/​covers something the wind blows/​whistles/​howls/​picks up/​whips through something/​sweeps across something strong/​gale-force winds blow/​gust (up to 80 mph) a storm is approaching/​is moving inland/​hits/​strikes/​rages thunder rolls/​rumbles/​sounds (forked/​sheet) lightning strikes/​hits/​flashes a (blinding/​snow) blizzard hits/​strikes/​blows/​rages a tornado touches down/​hits/​strikes/​destroys something/​rips through something forecast/​expect/​predict rain/​snow/​a category-four hurricane (North American English) pour (down)/ (British English) pour (down) with rain get caught in/​seek shelter from/​escape the rain be covered/​shrouded in mist/​a blanket of fog be in for/​brave/​shelter from a/​the storm hear rolling/​distant thunder be battered/​buffeted by strong winds (British English) be blowing a gale battle against/​brave the elementsThe weather improves the sun breaks through the clouds the sky clears/​brightens (up)/lightens (up) the clouds part/​clear the rain stops/​lets up/​holds off the wind dies down the storm passes the mist/​fog lifts/​clears See related entries: Snow and ice, Wind, Natural disasters
  2. 2a large quantity of things that may seem to be attacking you a blizzard of documents
  3. Word Originearly 19th cent. (originally US, denoting a violent blow): of unknown origin.Extra examples He fought his way through the blizzard. The blizzard struck while we were still on the mountain. We got stuck in a howling blizzard. More than a million lambs died in the worst blizzards to hit New Zealand in 30 years. The falling snow was approaching blizzard conditions.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: blizzard