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[fraw-stee, fros-tee] /ˈfrɔ sti, ˈfrɒs ti/
adjective, frostier, frostiest.
characterized by or producing frost; freezing; very cold:
frosty weather.
consisting of or covered with a frost:
frosty designs on the windows; an avenue of frosty trees.
lacking warmth of feeling; unfriendly:
Their frosty greeting puzzled us.
resembling frost; white or gray:
a wedding dress of frosty satin.
of or characteristic of old age:
a frosty brow.
Origin of frosty
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at frost, -y1
Related forms
frostily, adverb
frostiness, noun
frostless, adjective
unfrosty, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for frostily
Historical Examples
  • Then: "I think you had better leave me," she told him frostily.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
  • "You are pleased to be amused, ma'am," says Charles frostily.

  • "I was unaware that the E's must heed court orders," he said frostily.

    Eight Keys to Eden Mark Irvin Clifton
  • "I shouldn't like to have it cut off at all I'm quite sure," said Mrs. Frost frostily.

    The City of Fire Grace Livingston Hill
  • The Major stared at him frostily, and then his mood changed.

    The Knights of Arthur Frederik Pohl
  • "You could hardly expect one of my men to do otherwise," Vokal said frostily.

    The Return of Tharn Howard Carleton Browne
  • But Ina said frostily that she never saw anything the matter with the old one.

    Miss Lulu Bett

    Zona Gale
  • "I don't see anything very mysterious about that," she said frostily.

    Mavericks William MacLeod Raine
  • The Metaphysical School failed, not because it toyed with imagery, but because it toyed with it frostily.

    Shelley Francis Thompson
  • The roads were in excellent condition, and the moon was high and frostily bright.

    The Odds Ethel M. Dell
British Dictionary definitions for frostily


adjective frostier, frostiest
characterized by frost: a frosty night
covered by or decorated with frost
lacking warmth or enthusiasm: the new plan had a frosty reception
like frost in appearance or colour; hoary
Derived Forms
frostily, adverb
frostiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for frostily



Old English forstig, fyrstig (cf. Dutch vorstig, German frostig); see frost (n.) + -y (2). Figurative use from late 14c. Related: Frostily; frostiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for frostily



  1. Unperturbed; cool: Stay frosty. Relax (1970s+)
  2. In a reserved manner; haughty: her frosty glance (1833+)


A cold beer: how about a nice frosty

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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