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Unknown, with various theories as below. Compare English blizz (violent rainstorm), dialectal English bliz (violent blow); the most convincing etymology, from dialect, seems to be ultimately from Old English blysa (blaze).



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.
    • 2013 June 22, “Snakes and ladders”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8841, page 76:
      Risk is everywhere. [] For each one there is a frighteningly precise measurement of just how likely it is to jump from the shadows and get you. “The Norm Chronicles” [] aims to help data-phobes find their way through this blizzard of risks.
    a blizzard of political ads

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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.

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blizzard m (plural blizzards)

  1. blizzard
    Hypernym: tempête de neige


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