icy

adjective
\ 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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The latest piece in the sparkly puzzle occurred in an Instagram post on January 5, where Kylie showed off white comfy pants, a matching jacket, and her new icy blue hair — complete with a glimmering diamond rock on her left ring finger. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Every Time Kylie Jenner Sparked Engagement Rumors With Diamond Rings," 6 Jan. 2019 The country's ambitions on the lunar surface are large—eventually, China hopes that Chang'e 7 will be able to detect icy water deposits on the far side to help set up a lunar research base. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "China Successfully Lands on Far Side of Moon," 3 Jan. 2019 The beauty mogul had her hair up in icy blue curls while wearing a white tuxedo dress for the night out. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kendall and Kylie Went to Drake's New Year's Eve Party Amidst His Feud with Kanye," 2 Jan. 2019 Matching herself to the icy winter months ahead, Kylie has chosen a surprising pop of cool, pastel blue in time for January. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kylie Jenner's Hair Is Now Super Short and Bright Blue," 31 Dec. 2018 The end result was a collection of small icy bodies, the vast majority smaller than Pluto. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "New Horizons set for humanity’s first-ever Kuiper Belt rendezvous," 28 Dec. 2018 The image shows the icy heart of the perennially chilly Korolev crater, and is one of a few snapshots sent back from Mars’ robot explorers to Earth this holiday season. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "Mars orbiter sends a picture-perfect postcard back to Earth," 21 Dec. 2018 Ever since the Galileo spacecraft discovered evidence of a liquid ocean underneath its icy exterior, scientists have wondered at the chance of life—or at least evidence of extinct life—beneath. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "A Nuclear Tunneling Worm Could Help Us Find Out What's Beneath Europa's Ice," 17 Dec. 2018 Recently, Khloé had an icy blonde makeover ahead of the holiday season, brightening up her usual caramel tones. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Khloé Kardashian Just Dyed Her Hair Pink for the Holidays & You'll Want to Copy Her New Look," 16 Dec. 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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icy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of icy

: covered with ice

: very cold

: not friendly or kind

icy

adjective
\ 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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