\ˈī-sē \
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 \ adverb
iciness \ˈī-​sē-​nəs \ 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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Wearing a matching, icy-azure winged liner, Brown proceeded to carefully paint short strokes of lacquer onto the Late Show host's fingers—while discussing important matters, of course, such as activism, YouTube beauty tutorials, the Spice Girls.... Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Watch Millie Bobby Brown Paint Stephen Colbert's Nails (Really)," 20 Nov. 2018 The caramel undertones that make the icy blonde shade really shimmer. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "15 Celebrities Who Prove a Dye Job Makes a Huge Difference," 18 Oct. 2018 Equatorial regions of the potentially life-supporting Europa, which harbors a huge ocean of salty liquid water beneath its icy shell, are probably studded with blades of ice up to 50 feet (15 meters) tall, a new study suggests. Mike Wall, Space.com, "Jupiter Moon Europa's Jagged Ice Towers Could Imperil Robot Landers," 8 Oct. 2018 On an icy road or a muddy trail, once one wheel spins, the vehicle doesn't move. Ben Stewart, Popular Mechanics, "How 4X4s Got So Good," 18 May 2016 Many of the film’s actors get to be splashier with their characters, like Michelle Yeoh as the icy and devastating Eleanor Young and Awkwafina (more on her in a bit) as Rachel’s buoyant best friend. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Crazy Rich Asians: 5 things to know about the effervescent rom-com," 10 Aug. 2018 Neither a coma nor tail was spotted, hallmarks of an icy comet. Washington Post, "Comet or asteroid? Scientists ID interstellar visitor," 27 June 2018 According to the idea, Pluto was formed from the remains of a billion icy comets in the early days of the solar system. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Pluto May Have Been Formed by a Billion Comets," 25 May 2018 The National Weather Service warned of icy spots in northern Connecticut Wednesday morning. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Wednesday Warning: Watch For Icy Roads, Weather Service Says," 18 Apr. 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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English Language Learners Definition of icy

: covered with ice

: very cold

: not friendly or kind


\ˈī-sē \
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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