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[frawst-bit-n, frost-] /ˈfrɔstˌbɪt n, ˈfrɒst-/
injured by frost or extreme cold.
verb (used with object)
past participle of frostbite.
Origin of frostbitten
First recorded in 1585-95


[frawst-bahyt, frost-] /ˈfrɔstˌbaɪt, ˈfrɒst-/
injury to any part of the body after excessive exposure to extreme cold, sometimes progressing from initial redness and tingling to gangrene.
verb (used with object), frostbit, frostbitten, frostbiting.
to injure by frost or extreme cold.
First recorded in 1605-15; frost + bite Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for frostbitten
Historical Examples
  • But with me, the verdure and the flowers are not frostbitten in the midst of winter.

  • Yet, poor Fox, dear Fox, who lay on my breast when I was frostbitten.

    The Parisians, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Lynn was in the bed between us and it was so cold her cheeks were frostbitten by morning.

  • Does his soul expand in the winter, or does it shrink like frostbitten fruit?

    The Whole Armour of God John Henry Jowett
  • They are unloved and unlovely, and they are frostbitten in the realms of luxury.

    The Whole Armour of God John Henry Jowett
  • He had slept with his wet boots on and his foot was frostbitten.

    Northwest! Harold Bindloss
  • Men were frozen to death round about him; his painter's hand was frostbitten.

    The History of David Grieve Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • His bridle was twisted round his arm, for all his fingers were frostbitten.

    Barlasch of the Guard H. S. Merriman
  • I must be frostbitten with the cold of your dad's winter, that mine may thaw his old ice with the spring of your sixteen.

  • My companion, the waterman, did not escape so well; his foot was frostbitten, and he lost four of his toes before he recovered.

    Poor Jack Frederick Marryat
British Dictionary definitions for frostbitten


of or affected with frostbite


destruction of tissues, esp those of the fingers, ears, toes, and nose, by freezing, characterized by tingling, blister formation, and gangrene
(NZ) a type of small sailing dinghy
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Word Origin and History for frostbitten

also frost-bitten, 1550s, from frost (n.) + bitten.



also frost-bite, 1813, from frost (n.) + bite (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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frostbitten in Medicine

frostbite frost·bite (frôst'bīt')
Injury or destruction of skin and underlying tissue, most often that of the nose, ears, fingers, or toes, resulting from prolonged exposure to freezing or subfreezing temperatures.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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frostbitten in Science
Damage to a part of the body as a result of exposure to freezing temperatures. It is caused by a loss of blood supply and the formation of ice crystals in the affected body part.
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