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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Every so often, snapping sounds and deep rumbles echoed up out of the frozen abyss, signaling that a chunk of ice was breaking off, or calving, from the glacier. Denise Chow, NBC News, "My night stranded on the edge of Greenland's fast-melting Helheim Glacier," 17 Sep. 2019 To stay ahead of the rapidly proliferating competition, the company has added retail shops as well as a nondairy line and frozen pops. Los Angeles Times, "Halo Top ice cream company is sold to Blue Bunny’s owner," 17 Sep. 2019 Famed anthropologist Wade Davis inadvertently created an academic urban legend with his account of an elderly Inuit man in the 1950s who fashioned a knife out of his own frozen feces and vanished into the Arctic. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Knives made of frozen feces don’t make the cut, disproving well-known legend," 16 Sep. 2019 Nestle is closing a frozen food distribution facility in west suburban Glendale Heights and laying off 121 workers beginning in October. Robert Channick,, "Nestle to close Glendale Heights distribution facility and lay off 121 workers," 13 Sep. 2019 There’s live music and football on the TVs and off-the-wall drinks like a margarita with a frozen sangria pop and bright red trash-can punch in a Mason jar. Mike Sutter,, "Review: Lucy Cooper’s Ice House at the top of San Antonio’s bar food scene," 12 Sep. 2019 China has also started to release meat from its frozen-pork reserves—created in the 1970s for just such emergencies. The Economist, "Soaring pork prices hog headlines and sow discontent in China," 12 Sep. 2019 It can be made in advance and frozen or kept in the refrigerator until ready to cook. Bibby Gignilliat, The Mercury News, "Quick Cook: This Mexican “lasagna” is a total crowd-pleaser," 11 Sep. 2019 The two current embryos were created using eggs collected from Fatu, the youngest of the two northern white rhinos, and frozen sperm from Suni, a deceased northern white rhino male. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "Scientists have successfully created embryos of the near-extinct northern white rhino," 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of frozen

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

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past participle of freeze


Medical Definition of frozen

past part of freeze


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