frostier; frostiest
: attended with or producing frost : freezing
: briskly cold : chilly
: covered or appearing as if covered with frost : hoary
a man of 65, with frosty eyebrows and hairNan Robertson
: marked by coolness or extreme reserve in manner
his smile was distinctly frostyErle Stanley Gardner
frostily adverb
frostiness 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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Word History

First Known Use

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

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

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“Frosty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


frostier; frostiest
: cold enough to produce frost
a frosty night
: covered or appearing to be covered with frost
a frosty glass
: cool in manner
frostily adverb
frostiness noun

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