fro·​zen | \ ˈfrō-zᵊn \

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 \ 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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Strawberry-Cayenne Kombucha Pops Serves 4 Add 1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries and 1 cup Health-Ade Cayenne Cleanse Kombucha (or plain kombucha and pinch of cayenne pepper) to a blender and blend until smooth. Stephanie Eckelkamp, Good Housekeeping, "These 2-Ingredient Kombucha Popsicles Will Make Your Summer," 7 Aug. 2018 The answer: Look for fresh, frozen or canned conch at your local seafood monger, Caribbean markets and larger grocery stores. Claire Perez,, "Claire’s tip of the week: Where to purchase ground conch," 4 May 2018 Before the case was frozen, prosecutors had subpoenaed records from Ukrainian banks. New York Times, "Ukraine, Seeking U.S. Missiles, Halted Cooperation With Mueller Investigation," 2 May 2018 For the flatbread, balls of unbaked pizza dough can be found in the frozen-food and refrigerated sections of any supermarket. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "The Easiest Way to Eat More Healthy Fish," 16 Jan. 2019 Grape Tarts Makes 6 to 8 servings One 14-ounce package Dufour frozen puff pastry, defrosted in the refrigerator ¼ cup honey 6 to 8 ounces seedless grapes, each cut in half 1 large egg 1 tablespoon water Demerera sugar, for sprinkling (optional) 1. Bonnie S. Benwick, The Seattle Times, "For a different Thanksgiving dessert, swap pie for parfaits," 13 Nov. 2018 Take, for example, the recent accidental destruction of thousands of frozen eggs and embryos at fertility clinics in San Francisco and Cleveland. Elissa Strauss, Glamour, "The Great Frozen Embryo Debate," 11 Oct. 2018 The window is so small that Mei Xiang’s mate, Tian Tian, has never actually fathered a cub naturally—only through artificial insemination of fresh or frozen sperm. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "A Primer on the Zoo’s Possibly Pregnant Giant Panda," 28 June 2018 However, Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods Market enabled the e-commerce giant to turn its organic grocery stores into mini-distribution centers for fresh and frozen foods, including dairy and seafood. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "Grocery wars: Amazon offers home delivery in latest battle for Houston shoppers," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of frozen

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

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