- winter (n.)
- Old English, "fourth season of the year," from Proto-Germanic *wintruz (cf. Old Frisian, Dutch winter, Old Saxon, Old High German wintar, German winter, Danish and Swedish vinter, Gothic wintrus, Old Norse vetr "winter"), perhaps literally "the wet season," from PIE *wend-, from root *wed- (1) "water, wet" (see water (n.1)); or from *wind- "white" (cf. Celtic vindo- "white").
The Anglo-Saxons counted years in "winters," cf. Old English ænetre "one-year-old." Old Norse Vetrardag, first day of winter, was the Saturday that fell between Oct. 10 and 16.
- winter (v.)
- "to pass the winter (in some place)," late 14c., from winter (n.). Related: Wintered; wintering.