frosty

adjective
\ 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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Colorado was hit with a deluge of snowstorms over the weekend, and motorists driving on the state's I-70 highway on Sunday experienced the worst of the frosty onslaught when an avalanche barreled down a mountainside and engulfed their cars in snow. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Harrowing Video Shows Massive Avalanche Blanket Colorado Highway," 4 Mar. 2019 According to Ilya Mordvintsev, lead researcher at the Severtsev Institute of Ecology and Evolution, the bears are migrating in search of food, albeit at the height of a frosty winter as opposed to the balmier months of spring. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "'Mass Invasion' of Polar Bears Descends on Remote Russian Village in Search of Food," 11 Feb. 2019 That said, Subnautica’s frosty sequel/standalone expansion Below Zero went into early access this week. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: The sordid tale of Starbreeze's stumbles, Overwatch players learn piano (with guns)," 1 Feb. 2019 And these days, celebrities such as Lady Gaga are also known to color-match their lengths to their ensemble—the star did it just last week at the Golden Globes, her frosty topper mirroring her billowing, pastel blue gown. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Versace Just Served Up a Jaw-Dropping New Take on Head-to-Toe Animal Print," 13 Jan. 2019 The idea of a postponement has received a frosty reception in Kabul, where Mr. Khalilzad met Sunday with Afghan officials and politicians. Dion Nissenbaum, WSJ, "U.S. Considers Asking Afghanistan to Suspend Presidential Election," 13 Nov. 2018 Relations between the two countries have sometimes been frosty, particularly when leftists held power in Brazil. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Decoding Bolsonaro’s “make Brazil great” foreign policy," 31 Oct. 2018 West Ham apologised for Brady's comments, but relations between the two clubs remain frosty. SI.com, "West Ham Officials Prepare for Awkward Trip to Leicester City as 'Winegate' Saga Rumbles On," 3 May 2018 Kahn, who asks the kinds of elementary, open-ended questions his viewer is probably wondering, serves as an appealingly unabashed guide to a world that can often seem frosty or inaccessible. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "The Price of Everything,," 18 Oct. 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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The first known use of frosty was before the 12th century

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frosty

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of frosty

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

frosty

adjective
\ 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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