\ 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

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
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First Known Use of frosty

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

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More Definitions for frosty


\ 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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