\ ˈfrȯ-stē How to pronounce frosty (audio) \
frostier; frostiest

Definition of frosty

1a : attended with or producing frost : freezing
b : briskly cold : chilly
2 : covered or appearing as if covered with frost : hoary a man of 65, with frosty eyebrows and hair— Nan Robertson
3 : marked by coolness or extreme reserve in manner his smile was distinctly frosty— Erle Stanley Gardner

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Other Words from frosty

frostily \ ˈfrȯ-​stə-​lē How to pronounce frosty (audio) \ adverb
frostiness \ ˈfrȯ-​stē-​nəs How to pronounce frosty (audio) \ noun

Examples of frosty in a Sentence

We received a frosty welcome. a frosty autumn that was a sign of the brutal winter that followed
Recent Examples on the Web On its first album of new material in 10 years, Evanescence continues to own the space where frosty electronic currents collide with volcanic surges of metal catharsis and coagulate into hard rock candy. Star Tribune, "New music reviews: Pharoah Sanders delivers trippy calm; Evanescence soars again," 8 Apr. 2021 There is no reason that so trivial a domestic conflict should have turned your evening frosty. Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Time to de-escalate this non-fight," 6 Apr. 2021 There, it's served with 12 ounces of Budweiser draft beer and four ounces of Campbell's tomato juice in a frosty mug. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Does Wichita Falls' "Red Draw" Exist Anywhere Besides This Texas Town?," 31 Mar. 2021 The school’s former English teacher has mysteriously disappeared; Miller is to be his replacement, and Miss Rocholl puts him through a frosty, unwelcoming interview before hiring him. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "With Six Minutes to Midnight, Eddie Izzard Spins an Unusually Gentle-Spirited Spy Tale," 26 Mar. 2021 The lake would likely only have existed for 1 million years before freezing over in Titan’s frosty temperatures. Jonathan O’callaghan, Science | AAAS, "Titan’s largest crater might be the perfect cradle for life," 19 Mar. 2021 First up: The entrance has a frosty look and a logo that features one of the track’s design elements. Dewayne Bevil,, "Look: More views of Ice Breaker, other SeaWorld changes," 16 Mar. 2021 Indeed, the frosty figure of Kant is something of an anti-hero in this book. Jeffrey Collins, WSJ, "‘The Enlightenment’ Review: Daring to Feel," 12 Mar. 2021 The dialogue, which took place in Alaska last week, was frosty at times, with U.S. officials scolding China for its treatment of the Uyghurs and for repression in Hong Kong, while China’s Yang Jiechi fired back about U.S. human rights issues. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Here’s why our new cold war with China could be a good thing," 24 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of frosty

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

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18 Apr 2021

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“Frosty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of frosty

: cold enough to produce frost
: covered with frost
: unfriendly or cold


\ ˈfrȯ-stē How to pronounce frosty (audio) \
frostier; frostiest

Kids Definition of frosty

1 : covered with frost a frosty window
2 : cold enough to produce frost a frosty evening

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