\ 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 To protect you from slipping, the soles on the bottom have a multi-directional tread for particularly wet or icy surfaces. Tony Vaz, Popular Science, "Men’s outdoor boots that keep you warm, dry, and stable," 17 Jan. 2020 Westbound lanes are open but traffic is moving very slowly in the snowy and icy conditions. oregonlive, "Portland metro Thursday traffic: Spinouts, crashes close U.S. 26 east near Government Camp," 16 Jan. 2020 Virginia State Police, via Twitter A pileup involving nearly 70 vehicles on an icy and foggy Virginia highway on Sunday morning left at least 51 people hurt, the police said. Sandra E. Garcia, New York Times, "69-Vehicle Pileup on Virginia Highway Injures 51, Police Say," 22 Dec. 2019 Reuters Greenland, which is not green but icy, was so named by an Icelandic exile hoping to attract settlers. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Greenland has serious problems. A Trump deal isn’t one of them.," 21 Aug. 2019 Minnesota State Patrol reported dozens of collisions and spinouts due to the snowy and icy conditions through Wednesday. NBC News, "Thanksgiving Day winter storms cause travel woes across U.S.," 28 Nov. 2019 Roads are slushy, wet and icy Friday morning and there are accidents throughout Denver. Tom Mcghee, The Denver Post, "Denver road conditions: Streets and highways are icy, motorists should be careful," 22 Nov. 2019 Two fatal wrecks were also reported due to snowy and icy conditions, one on the Ohio Turnpike in Richfield and another in Clark County. Fox News, "Wisconsin bus driver saves children wandering in snow, as deadly Arctic air mass grips US," 13 Nov. 2019 Choose your provider Providers: Restart Free Preview Expires in Sign In A 10-year-old boy died Wednesday morning, a day after police pulled his body from the icy waters of a Missouri water park. Fox News, "Missouri boy, 10, dies after falling into water park pool in freezing temps," 19 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 17 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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