\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Thursday seems like a windy, cold, snow showery day with icy roads possible. Mark Torregrossa | Mtorregr@mlive.com, cleveland, "Snow storm taking aim at Ohio, timeline and what to expect," 12 Feb. 2020 The act of spectating is an adventure unto itself, especially at Sno*Drift, as fans navigate icy, unlit country roads through fog, rain, snow, and darkness. Gregory Leporati, Ars Technica, "Meet Sno*Drift, the USA’s premier winter rally," 3 Feb. 2020 The crash was reported at the intersection of Forest and Fuller avenues about 9 p.m. It was not known to what extent snow and icy roads were a factor in the crashes. Abigail Feldman, BostonGlobe.com, "State Police respond to jackknifed tanker in Revere, crash with serious injuries in Swampscott," 18 Jan. 2020 Drivers faced the same misery in Ankeny, Iowa, where cars slid on icy roads, leaving car parts littered across the highway. Adriana Diaz, CBS News, "Fast-moving winter storm delays travelers across the U.S.," 17 Jan. 2020 Snow and icy roads could stall the commute Tuesday, especially in the higher elevations, as the National Weather Service warns of a mixture of rain and wet snow moving through the metro area. oregonlive, "Portland metro Tuesday traffic: Watch for snow and slick roads above 500 feet," 14 Jan. 2020 In Lubbock, Texas, two first responders were killed when they were hit by a vehicle at the scene of a traffic accident on icy roads; in Iowa, where a semitrailer on Interstate 80 overturned, a passenger was killed in similar road conditions. Washington Post, "Recovery begins after storms kill 11 in Midwest, South," 13 Jan. 2020 An East Bethel man died Saturday in a single car crash on an icy road in Lino Lakes. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "82-year-old man dies in crash on icy roads in Lino Lakes," 28 Dec. 2019 The mountainous regions of California should expect the brunt of the storm with some locales slated to see whiteout conditions, blowing snow and icy roads through Thursday morning. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "California and Upper Midwest to see snow and rain, while much of the country enjoys a toasty Christmas," 25 Dec. 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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Cite this Entry

“Icy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/icy. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of icy

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