\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Amazon and labor groups have a frosty relationship. Josh Eidelson,, "Unions and State Officials Criticize Amazon for Firing Strike Leader," 10 May 2020 Shake up original cocktails Come Cinco de Mayo, bars are typically thronged with patrons, frosty Margaritas in hand. Alia Akkam, House Beautiful, "A Guide to Celebrating Holidays and Birthdays at Home," 4 May 2020 Introducing herds of large herbivores in the Arctic would disturb surface snow, allowing cold air to reach the ground and keep the permafrost frosty. Annie Sneed, Scientific American, "How Herbivore Herds Might Help Permafrost," 17 Apr. 2020 The frosty comment comes at a time when the world is struggling to stop the spread of the deadly virus. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "China defends World Health Organization after Trump slams agency, floats funding freeze," 9 Apr. 2020 The range includes four lipstick bullets ($20 each) in Queen of Cumbia (matte red), Inolvidable (frosty peach), La Reina (brown), and Selena Vive (light pinky nude). Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Everything You Need to Know About MAC's Selena La Reina Makeup Collection," 6 Apr. 2020 Burns’s camera often lingered on photographs of Forrest, a handsome man with thick hair and a frosty stare. 1843, "Confederacy in the ’hood," 2 Apr. 2020 Monday is expected to be frosty again before 8 a.m., but then sunny and dramatically warmer, with a high near 57 degrees. oregonlive, "Portland metro Sunday weather: Snowy maybe, breezy probably," 15 Mar. 2020 The Topo Chicos are frosty, the tortillas topped with duck carnitas are warm, and neighbors stop by to chat with one another. Adam Erace, Fortune, "After SXSW cancellation, Austin hotels and restaurants are bracing for a rough road ahead," 14 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of frosty

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

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The first known use of frosty was before the 12th century

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21 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Frosty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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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