\ ˈfrȯst How to pronounce frost (audio) \

Definition of frost

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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
2a : coldness of deportment or temperament : an indifferent, reserved, or unfriendly manner
b : failure the play was … a most dreadful frost— Arnold Bennett


frosted; frosting; frosts

Definition of frost (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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

Examples of frost in a Sentence

Noun The grass was covered with frost. Frost formed on the window. These plants should bloom until the first frost of the season. We had an early frost. Verb The cold had frosted the windows. I have to frost the birthday cake. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Both heat and drought tolerant, this low-maintenance perennial is a butterfly magnet that blooms late spring through frost. Terri Robertson, Country Living, 1 Aug. 2022 The subject of the image is a green creaturecovered in frost crystals. Kate S. Petersen, USA TODAY, 29 July 2022 Yes, there's no snow, and just a very occasional frost or brief, gusty hailstorm. Dennis Romero, NBC News, 25 July 2022 The song marks Meg’s first collaboration with Future, who meets her bodacious bars with horny lines delivered with his trademark frost. Mankaprr Conteh, Rolling Stone, 22 July 2022 This Netflix series takes a creative approach, in that, yes, this is a story about Thor, Loki, and their enemies the frost giants. Andy Meek, BGR, 21 July 2022 Add small dollop of Cream Cheese Frosting to center of cake plate; top with a cake layer; frost cake top. Krissa Rossbund, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 July 2022 Light pollution in urban areas influences the growing season of plants, which could delay their ability to protect themselves from frost and disrupt ecosystems. Alex Knapp, Forbes, 16 July 2022 The three, wearing lab coats, safety goggles and protective mitts, emerged a bit frost-blasted. New York Times, 11 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This season, Chris Riley lost 90% of his peach crop to frost. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 July 2022 Using the remaining buttercream, frost the cake with a smooth finish. New York Times, 16 Mar. 2022 The car also has a TV that rolls up and down, and a partition that can frost over. Greta Bjornson,, 29 Mar. 2022 To make ahead, let cake cool completely before wrapping tightly and leave on the kitchen counter until ready to frost or up to two days. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Feb. 2022 Between April 2020 and December 2021, the price of soybeans soared 52 percent, and corn and wheat both grew 80 percent, the fund’s data showed, while the price of coffee rose 70 percent, due largely to droughts and frost in Brazil. New York Times, 3 Feb. 2022 Exuberance becomes introspection as the strings slow, soften, and frost over in falling patterns and the percussionists switch from heavy forces to bells, rain sticks and slide whistles. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, 14 Jan. 2022 The flakes, illuminated by the electric light of a pole, cascaded from the black sky to frost the surface of the vehicle. Tiffini Theisen,, 3 Jan. 2022 To turn this the cake into a buche, do not frost the ends of the cake. Beth Segal, cleveland, 10 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of frost


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1635, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for frost


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

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\ ˈfrȯst How to pronounce frost (audio) \

Kids Definition of frost

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


frosted; frosting

Kids Definition of frost (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Frost biographical name

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Definition of Frost

Robert Lee 1874–1963 American poet

Other Words from frost

Frostian \ ˈfrȯ-​stē-​ən How to pronounce Frost (audio) , ˈfrȯs-​chən \ adjective

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