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icy

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adjective \ˈī-sē\

Simple Definition of icy

  • : covered with ice

  • : very cold

  • : not friendly or kind

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of icy

icier

iciest

  1. 1 a :  covered with, abounding in, or consisting of ice b :  intensely cold

  2. 2 :  characterized by coldness :  frigid <an icy stare>; also :  steely <icy nerves>

icily

play \-sə-lē\ adverb

iciness

play \-sē-nəs\ noun

Examples of icy in a sentence

  1. <an icy drink that was especially refreshing on that hot afternoon>

  2. <she wondered why the salesclerk at the boutique had given her an icy glare>



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of icy

before 12th century

Rhymes with icy



ICY Defined for Kids

icy

play
adjective \ˈī-sē\

Definition of icy for Students

icier

iciest

  1. 1 :  covered with, full of, or being ice <icy roads>

  2. 2 :  very cold <an icy wind>

  3. 3 :  unfriendly 1 <an icy look>

icily

\ˈī-sə-lē\ adverb




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