\ 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 frostily (audio) \ adverb
frostiness \ ˈfrȯ-​stē-​nəs How to pronounce frostiness (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

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Born in Puerto Rico, the piña colada's frosty frozen blend of cream of coconut, pineapple, and rum might just be the world's single greatest umbrella drink. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "What Is the Official Summer Drink of 2019?," 21 June 2019 Five percent of sales of the frosty treat, made with vanilla custard and pieces of seasonal pie from Midtown's Fluff Bake Bar, will benefit Houston Humane Society. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Shake Shack sets opening date for downtown Houston location," 19 June 2019 Our favourite pop stars (like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera) wore it thick, pastel, and frosty — a technique that's unfortunately immortalised in many of our own embarrassing school photos. Khalea Underwood,, "L.A.'s Coolest New Makeup Trend Is The Opposite Of Minimalist," 18 June 2019 Although the overall look is frosty, it's balanced with warmer highlights against a cooler base. Nykia Spradley, Allure, "Ash Brunette Is Hottest Hair-Color Trend of the Summer," 22 May 2019 Rosters are increasingly built on stars in the first six years of their careers—aka the cheapest ones—and those players, seeing how frosty free agency has become, are increasingly willing to sign away their prime years at below-market rates. Jon Tayler,, "After Kimbrel and Keuchel Signings, the State of MLB Free Agency Remains Bleak," 12 June 2019 But his attacks have changed the atmosphere between the two countries from one of active cooperation and friendship back toward the frosty coexistence that prevailed before the North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect... José De Córdoba, WSJ, "Mexico Wearies of U.S. Approach," 9 June 2019 Relations between Puerto Rico and general obligation creditors have been frosty for much of the past two years. Matt Wirz, WSJ, "New Puerto Rico Bond Group Starts Negotiations," 29 Aug. 2018 As for research of the world’s frosty realm, there’s much more research coming soon. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "Watch This 3D Snowflake Model Melt Over and Over Again," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of frosty

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

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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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