\ 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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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 First, Morton’s relationships with coaches and players quickly grew frosty, and let to internal issues. Albert Breer,, "How Conference Championship Teams Were Built," 18 Jan. 2018 And Korean talks got frosty after denuclearization came up. Joanna Ossinger,, "Five Things You Need to Know to Start Your Day," 9 Jan. 2018 That included a reportedly frosty relationship with Dortmund's then head of recruitment Sven Mislintat, who has since moved to Arsenal to take up the same role. Matias Grez, CNN, "Who will replace Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager?," 20 Apr. 2018 Bronin has long had a frosty relationship with labor. Jenna Carlesso, Courant Community, "Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin Abandons Bid For Governor's Seat," 16 Apr. 2018 A month after Jefferson Parish Inspector General David McClintock was rehired for four years, his frosty relationship with Parish President Mike Yenni appears to be thawing. Drew Broach,, "Frosty relationship between Mike Yenni, Jefferson Parish inspector general thawing," 4 Apr. 2018 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

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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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