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frost

noun \ ˈfrȯst \
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017

Definition of frost

1 a : the process of freezing
b : a covering of minute ice crystals on a cold surface; also : ice particles formed from a gas
c : the temperature that causes freezing
2 a : coldness of deportment or temperament : an indifferent, reserved, or unfriendly manner
b : failure
  • the play was … a most dreadful frost
  • —Arnold Bennett

Examples of frost in a Sentence

  1. The grass was covered with frost.

  2. Frost formed on the window.

  3. These plants should bloom until the first frost of the season.

  4. We had an early frost.

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Origin and Etymology of frost

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German frost — more at freeze

frost Synonyms

Synonyms
hoar, hoarfrost, rime
Antonyms
blockbuster, hit, smash, success, winner
Related Words
frostwork
Near Antonyms
corker, crackerjack (also crackajack), dandy, jim-dandy, phenomenon

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frost

verb

Definition of frost

transitive verb
1 a : to cover with or as if with frost; especially : to put icing on (cake)
b : to produce a fine-grained slightly roughened surface on (such as metal or glass)
2 : to injure or kill (plants) by frost
3 : to make angry or irritated
  • that really frosts me
intransitive verb
: to become frosted

Examples of frost in a Sentence

  1. The cold had frosted the windows.

  2. I have to frost the birthday cake.

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First Known Use of frost

1635


Frost

biographical name \ ˈfrȯst \

Definition of Frost

Robert Lee 1874–1963 American poet

Frostian

play \ˈfrȯ-stē-ən, ˈfrȯs-chən\ adjective

FROST Defined for English Language Learners

frost

noun

Definition of frost for English Language Learners

  • : a thin layer of ice that forms on the ground, on grass, etc., when the air becomes cold

  • : the occurrence of weather that is cold enough to cause water to freeze and frost to form


frost

verb

Definition of frost for English Language Learners

  • : to cover (something) with frost

  • : to become covered with frost

  • : to cover (something, such as a cake) with frosting (sense 1)


FROST Defined for Kids

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frost

noun \ ˈfrȯst \

Definition of frost for Students

1 : a covering of tiny ice crystals on a cold surface formed from the water vapor in the air
2 : temperature cold enough to cause freezing

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frost

verb

Definition of frost for Students

frosted; frosting
1 : to cover with frosting
  • frost a cake
2 : to cover or become covered with frost


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