\ 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

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 Her relationship with her daughter, Joy (Stephanie Hsu), is frosty, particularly around the subject of the girlfriend Joy wants to bring to a family party; Evelyn’s disapproving father (James Hong) spends many scenes glowering in the background. David Sims, The Atlantic, 25 Mar. 2022 The number of asylum-seekers has grown from Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela — all countries with frosty relations with the United States. Elliot Spagat, ajc, 5 Mar. 2022 Still, the relationship between the carmaker and the administration seems to be frosty at best. Nicholas Gordon, Fortune, 23 Feb. 2022 Relations remain frosty, however, while talks have been ongoing on areas where there appears to be potential for cooperation on issues such as strategic arms limitation and climate change. Washington Post, 8 Oct. 2021 The Weeknd may have frosty feelings toward the Grammy Awards, but that didn't stop him from taking home a trophy on Sunday night. Rachel Desantis,, 4 Apr. 2022 No Big Ten team is currently ranked in the Top 25, and frosty weather is a perpetual impediment to recruiting. Childs Walker, Baltimore Sun, 31 Mar. 2022 So time to fire up the neurons with a cup or three of stimulation, especially given the frosty temperature outside. Ed Silverman, STAT, 30 Mar. 2022 On a frosty Saturday afternoon that November, Joe Biden dished out luncheon chili and chatted leisurely with fewer than 100 voters outside a firehouse in Concord, New Hampshire. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 28 Mar. 2022 See More

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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 2022

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More Definitions for frosty


\ 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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