fro·​zen | \ ˈfrō-zᵊn How to pronounce frozen (audio) \

Definition of frozen

1a : treated, affected, or crusted over by freezing
b : subject to long and severe cold the frozen north
2a : incapable of being changed, moved, or undone : fixed specifically : debarred by official action from movement or from change in status frozen wages
b : not available for present use frozen capital
c(1) : drained or incapable of emotion
(2) : expressing or characterized by cold unfriendliness

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Other Words from frozen

frozenly adverb
frozenness \ ˈfrō-​zᵊn-​(n)əs How to pronounce frozenness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for frozen


fast, firm, jammed, lodged, set, snug, stuck, tight, wedged


insecure, loose

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Examples of frozen in a Sentence

the car door was frozen ever since an accident had damaged the hinge pay rates will remain frozen until the company does better financially

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It is reserved for a special new line of frozen treats, dubbed Sugalips, that employees are charged with making. Charles Passy, WSJ, "As Sales Cool, Frozen-Dessert Chain Tries New Twists on Treats," 28 July 2018 But after some time in the online rumor mill, that decision might look a lot more extreme — like Ben & Jerry’s naming one of its frozen treats after a man who was sentenced to death for killing a police officer. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Darren Aronofsky’s Pi day: this week in tech, 20 years ago," 14 July 2018 The Whites, who no longer sell frozen treats, had an agreement with Fieldbrook that the ice cream would contain 14 percent butterfat. Washington Post, "I scream, you scream: Jury to settle bitter dessert dispute," 5 July 2018 Philly’s frozen treats go well beyond water ice these days. Craig Laban,, "The best icy desserts in Philadelphia | Craig LaBan," 3 July 2018 Lunches consist of a deli sandwich, a fruit or vegetable, juice or a frozen treat, and milk. Cody Boteler,, "County schools, libraries offer free meals this summer," 19 June 2018 The lab also offers one of Jaisinghani's signature frozen treats: the Bournvita Ice Cream Sandwich of chocolate malt ice cream between India's traditional Parle-G cookies. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "New frozen treats enter the Houston market," 5 June 2018 Buttermilk blueberry popsicles Makes 16 popsicles 1 ½ cups buttermilk 2 cups whipping cream 2 eggs 3/4 cup sugar Pinch sea salt 16 ounces blueberries (fresh or frozen) 1. Pour the buttermilk in a bowl with a colander set on top. 2. Ellise Pierce, star-telegram, "Spring brings the sweet promise of simple desserts — with berries, of course," 10 Apr. 2018 Shortly after her death, Martha was frozen and shipped to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., to be stuffed. Amy Dockser Marcus, WSJ, "Meet the Scientists Bringing Extinct Species Back From the Dead," 9 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of frozen

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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Kids Definition of frozen

past participle of freeze


Medical Definition of frozen

past part of freeze


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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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