\ˈfrȯ-stē \
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 \ adverb
frostiness \ˈfrȯ-stē-nəs \ 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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For frosty mugs of Turks Head beer and the resort's signature big burger, the Rope Bar at the pool is pure island chill. Melanie Reffes, USA TODAY, "Best pools in the Caribbean, 2018 edition," 20 Feb. 2018 Some areas will see frosty conditions Tuesday morning and some fog or freezing fog is possible. Rosemarie Stein | The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Portland metro Monday weather: Scattered showers with chances for small hail; high of 55," 2 Apr. 2018 That was in the autumn of 2014: war was raging in eastern Ukraine, the Group of 20 was meeting in Australia, and the Russian president faced a frosty reception from Western leaders. The Economist, "Vladimir Putin’s hopes for his long-awaited meeting with Donald Trump," 14 July 2018 As a Conservative who nurtured ties with working-class Britons, Lord Carrington was known to have a frosty relationship with Thatcher, who took on the nation’s unions in her first term as prime minister. Washington Post, "Lord Carrington, British statesman who served six prime ministers, dies at 99," 10 July 2018 The plastic straw, a once ubiquitous accessory for frosty summer drinks and sugary sodas, has been falling out of favor in recent years, faced with a growing backlash over its effect on the environment. Christina Caron, New York Times, "Starbucks to Stop Using Disposable Plastic Straws by 2020," 9 July 2018 In a frosty statement issued on July 3rd the government in Vienna, where officials bridled at Berlin’s failure to consult them, threatened to impose new controls on its own southern border if the Germans started turning back asylum-seekers. The Economist, "Angela Merkel’s flawed deal on migrants," 5 July 2018 Khan and Trump developed a frosty relationship after several wars of words — spanning Twitter, media interviews and newspaper op-eds — over immigration and terrorism. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "Diaper-clad 'Trump Baby' blimp to fly over London during president's visit," 5 July 2018 As Josie’s frosty heart starts to melt, there are teddy bears, jewelry, helicopter trips, and carriage rides. Gary Thompson,, "'Forever My Girl': Cornpone romance with some kickin' picking and strumming," 17 Jan. 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 \
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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