icy

adjective
\ ˈī-sē How to pronounce icy (audio) \
icier; iciest

Definition of icy

1a : covered with, abounding in, or consisting of ice
b : intensely cold
2 : characterized by coldness : frigid an icy stare also : steely icy nerves

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Other Words from icy

icily \ ˈī-​sə-​lē How to pronounce icily (audio) \ adverb
iciness \ ˈī-​sē-​nəs How to pronounce iciness (audio) \ noun

Examples of icy in a Sentence

an icy drink that was especially refreshing on that hot afternoon she wondered why the salesclerk at the boutique had given her an icy glare

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Also, the bartenders can turn out an icy daiquiri that even Hemingway would judge worthy. Michael Hiller, Dallas News, "Want to sneak away? Try these hidden or secret bars in Las Vegas," 9 July 2019 After protracted slumber in Earth’s icy fringes, bacteria, moss and nematodes are awakening in a new geologic epoch. Daniel Ackerman, Anchorage Daily News, "Ancient life awakens amid thawing ice caps and permafrost," 8 July 2019 Blige then changed into a monochromatic pink Ralph and Russo Couture number with icy boots customized by independent designer Angel Brinks. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Here's What Mary J. Blige Wore While Headlining The Superdome," 8 July 2019 Mary Louise, channeling a bit of Streep’s icy character Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada, points out that there’s no furniture in Renata’s house. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Big Little Lies season 2, episode 5: “Kill Me” shows how cunning Mary Louise really is," 8 July 2019 Thanks to this latest exploit, evolutionary biologist Catherine La Farge arrived centuries later at Teardrop’s melting edge to find the tuft of the species Aulacomnium turgidum finally free from its icy entombment. Daniel Ackerman, BostonGlobe.com, "Ancient life awakens amid thawing ice caps and permafrost," 7 July 2019 In snowy and icy conditions, a car has crashed into the back of a tractor-trailer truck amidst a pile-up. Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "Missouri woman escapes her car in I-44 snowy accident | The Kansas City Star," 8 Feb. 2018 High winds have scattered their contents over already dangerous icy slopes. Washington Post, "Abandoned tents, human waste piling up on Mount Everest," 24 June 2019 High winds have scattered their contents over already dangerous icy slopes. Binaj Gurubacharya, The Denver Post, "Abandoned tents, human waste piling up on Mount Everest," 23 June 2019

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First Known Use of icy

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

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icy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of icy

: covered with ice
: very cold
: not friendly or kind

icy

adjective
\ ˈī-sē How to pronounce icy (audio) \
icier; iciest

Kids Definition of icy

1 : covered with, full of, or being ice icy roads
2 : very cold an icy wind
3 : unfriendly sense 1 an icy look

Other Words from icy

icily \ ˈī-​sə-​lē \ adverb

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