\ 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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Formulated with a high dose of hydrating hyaluronic acid, these anytime, anywhere icy eye patches are the ultimate pre-party fix, thanks to a jolt of caffeine and arnica. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "These Dark Circle Treatments Are Better Than Concealer," 25 July 2018 Daenerys’s Next-Level Wig The production value that went into maintaining Daenerys’s perfect icy-blonde locks? Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Five Takeaways From Game of Thrones’s Making-Of Documentary, The Last Watch," 27 May 2019 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle headed to their evening reception in an icy blue vintage Jaguar. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "See Meghan Markle and Prince Harry as They Head Off to Their Evening Reception," 13 May 2019 And, my personal favorite: Make a pitcher of icy-cold summer cocktails. Michele Petry, House Beautiful, "Your Air Conditioner May Soon Help Save the Planet, Rather Than Helping to Destroy It," 1 May 2019 Iceland had been an amateur team until the 1990s and played on gravel fields, even in icy weather. Sarah Lyall, New York Times, "With a Coach Who Pulls Teeth to Relax, Iceland Becomes a Contender," 14 June 2018 The region's icy weather delayed the trial for two days after jury selection, which was completed Tuesday night. NOLA.com, "In Ronald Gasser's murder trial, was he the aggressor or the victim?," 19 Jan. 2018 At least eight people have been killed by icy weather paralyzing the South, which crippled transportation and left tens of thousands of customers without power, authorities and meteorologists said Wednesday. Alex Johnson, NBC News, "Winter storm kills at least eight people as it paralyzes the South," 17 Jan. 2018 Meanwhile, tens of thousands of people got the day off in northern Alabama, because of the possibility of icy weather. CBS News, "Winter storm slams Tennessee, Kentucky," 12 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of icy

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

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The first known use of icy was before the 12th century

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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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showing courage and determination

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