\ 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 Last on deck is TRIDENT, a mission to Neptune’s icy moon Triton, often billed as a potentially habitable world in the chilly outer reaches of the solar system. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Where Will NASA Explore Next? Here Are the Four Shortlisted Missions," 18 Feb. 2020 Trident Trident would explore Triton, a unique and highly active icy moon of Neptune, to understand pathways to habitable worlds at tremendous distances from the Sun. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "NASA signals interest in Venus and volcanoes for next science missions," 13 Feb. 2020 The planetary science request covers the initial Mars sample return work and continues initial development of a probe to study Jupiter's icy moon Europa. William Harwood, CBS News, "Trump requests sharp funding boost for NASA's Artemis moon program," 10 Feb. 2020 She's worn pretty much every color of the rainbow and every style at this point — from neon yellow to platinum blonde to icy blue, mostly with the help of wigs. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Shared What Her Real Hair Looks Like on Instagram," 10 Mar. 2020 The images are detailed and entirely convincing: an icy-eyed toddler who might laugh or weep at any moment; a young woman concerned that her pores might show; that guy from your office. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "It Doesn’t Matter If Anyone Exists or Not," 24 Feb. 2020 The road was icy in some areas and blowing snow reduced visibility Monday, according to the Department of Transportation. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "2 die in head-on collision on Seward Highway," 3 Mar. 2020 But dashing between the sauna and the icy water is meant to be an invigorating experience, one that causes an anti-inflammatory response in the body and boosts the immune system. Jp Mangalindan, Fortune, "Watch the aurora borealis at this new Swedish resort and spa," 25 Feb. 2020 Then, early last year, the spacecraft streaked by Arrokoth, a bit of flotsam drifting through the Kuiper Belt—the diffuse ring of primitive icy bodies beyond Neptune, of which Pluto is the largest member. Lee Billings, Scientific American, "New Horizons May Have Solved Planet Formation Cold Case," 20 Feb. 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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4 Apr 2020

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“Icy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/icy. Accessed 4 Apr. 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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