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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Solar Bears goalie Mackenzie Skapski was injured in 2009 when a bus carrying his hockey team from British Columbia hit an icy patch at high speed and went down a slight embankment. Stephen Ruiz, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Solar Bears' connection to Humboldt bus crash spurs action," 21 Apr. 2018 Reindeer once gathered on these icy patches in the later summer months to escape biting insects, and from the late Stone Age to the Middle Ages, hunters followed. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Climate change melting pre-Viking artifacts out of Norway’s glaciers," 24 Jan. 2018 The icy weather also kept some area hospitals busy. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Icy conditions cause almost 100 crashes in Aurora," 24 Jan. 2018 For one, the theory makes sense only in direct sunlight: in the shade, the lack of juxtaposition between hot black air and cool white air would preclude the formation of icy vortexes. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Settling a Heated Debate—Do Zebra Stripes Keep These Animals Cool?," 10 July 2018 Kate Middleton went with an icy blue dress by her go-to designer, Alexander McQueen, and a hat by Sean Barrett. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "The Royal Couples Redefined Squad Goals at a Major Royal Air Force Event," 10 July 2018 These jets of icy particles soar as much as 500km above the surface because there is so little surface gravity to restrain them. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Senior scientist argues that we should bypass Europa for Enceladus," 5 July 2018 With the arrival of July summer heat temperatures, an icy-ingredient refreshing drink recipe makes a perfect substitute to a full menu meal to satisfy waning appetites. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "Ice 'harvesting' was an important cold cash industry," 29 June 2018 Hundreds of flights were canceled at Texas airports, where frigid temperatures left runways dangerously icy. CBS News, "Wintry mess bringing danger to much of South and beyond," 17 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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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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