\ 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 icy (audio) \ adverb
iciness \ ˈī-​sē-​nəs How to pronounce icy (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 Snow, gusty winds and icy roads: Be on the lookout for a cold storm. Arlene Martinez, USA TODAY, 27 Mar. 2020 The hour drive from the city across the Sinaloa countryside took us through small towns with brightly colored houses and taquerias and green trees that made the icy, drab gray of home feel worlds away. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, 18 Mar. 2020 The storm is on the move Friday evening, causing whiteouts and spinouts on icy highways throughout the Midwest, where blizzard warnings are now in effect. Adriana Diaz, CBS News, 17 Jan. 2020 The driver of a pickup truck lost control on an icy highway and crossed into the center line, authorities said. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 12 Nov. 2019 With incredible cooling tech and support, the latest TempurPedic feels almost icy to the touch, purportedly 8 degrees cooler than the brand’s other memory foam. Popular Mechanics, 4 May 2020 The Department of Defense wanted to see whether icy terrain could offer a secure location for military bases and operations. Madeline Ostrander, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 May 2020 Only 60 feet or so, but icy—and at the top, throwing the rope down to his companions, Joe Brown felt his whole life had suddenly got better. The Economist, 2 May 2020 Rocky worlds—like Earth and Mars—coalesce closer in, where the warmth of the star tends to evaporate icy material, but spares bits of rock. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 1 May 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/icy. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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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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