\ 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 frosty (audio) \ adverb
frostiness \ ˈfrȯ-​stē-​nəs How to pronounce frosty (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 Texas’ coach appeared loose and unburdened Thursday, more like a beer leaguer pining for meaty hacks and frosty cans than the coach of a team in the thick of the Big 12 pennant race. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas staying loose ahead of pivotal weekend series against TCU," 6 May 2021 That process included occasional public scoldings that Rodriguez didn’t appreciate, and their relationship was frosty at times., "Even before beating Blue Jays, return to Fenway mound a victory for Eduardo Rodriguez," 20 Apr. 2021 Though relations between City Hall and the union have been frosty for months, the mayor has tried to maintain some peace with Mr. Mulgrew. New York Times, "New York City Schools Have Been Closing a Lot. That’s About to Change.," 5 Apr. 2021 Bear emerged with a frosty shaker in his hand and bent to refresh the ladies’ drinks. Lauren Groff, The New Yorker, "What’s the Time, Mr. Wolf?," 27 Apr. 2021 With drying air and cooler temperatures overnight, Tuesday may start with patchy fog and some frosty spots. oregonlive, "Portland metro Monday weather: Scattered showers, mostly cloudy; high 61," 26 Apr. 2021 Channel your inner Southern charm and enjoy a frosty mint julep at the Kentucky Derby lawn party at Michael Mina's Bourbon Steak at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Alison Stanton, The Arizona Republic, "Where to watch the Kentucky Derby 2021 in Phoenix: Turf Paradise and 8 more locations," 23 Apr. 2021 Overnight lows drop to the frosty low to mid-30s under mostly clear skies. Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Strong cold front sweeps through today with gusty storms possible and then a blustery chill," 21 Apr. 2021 In theory, in a crystal kept at a frosty temperature of two kelvins, the spin states should remain coherent for up to a month and a half, Bartholomew says. Anil Ananthaswamy, Scientific American, "Quantum Astronomy Could Create Telescopes Hundreds of Kilometers Wide," 19 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of frosty

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

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12 May 2021

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“Frosty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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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