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freez·​ing ˈfrē-ziŋ How to pronounce freezing (audio)
: very cold
"Put on your jacket. It's freezing outside!"
Addy rushed home through the darkening streets as if she were pushed along by the wind. She was freezing!Connie Porter
: being at or below the temperature at which water freezes
a forecast for freezing temperatures overnight
freezing adverb
The weather was freezing cold. [=very cold]
freezingly adverb
freezingly cold temperatures
Mrs. Reed's hands still lay on her work inactive: her eye of ice continued to dwell freezingly on mine. Charlotte Brontë


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: the temperature at which water freezes
temperatures dipping below freezing

Examples of freezing in a Sentence

Adjective why aren't you wearing a coat, as it's freezing outside?
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Word History

First Known Use


circa 1616, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1777, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of freezing was circa 1616

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“Freezing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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