from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To remain alive through the winter: sheep that overwintered on the steppe.
  • intransitive v. To pass or spend the winter: We usually overwinter in the Bahamas.
  • adj. Occurring during the period of winter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To keep or preserve for the winter.
  • v. To spend the winter (in a particular place).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. spend the winter


Old English (Wiktionary)



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  • "Onions growing from onion sets, left in the garden in the fall will often overwinter and grow new tender, little stalks very early in the spring."
    - Gene Logsdon, The gentle art of non-gardening,, 20 May 2009.

    May 22, 2009