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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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  • He shivered in a little wind that blew under the rose vine with a frosty gust.

    The Heart's Kingdom Maria Thompson Daviess
  • It has been clear and frosty for two nights, such a relief after all the rain.

  • Clear into the frosty night it rose, and I fell to wondering savagely with what thoughts Colliver saluted it.

    Dead Man's Rock Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • Closer on the frosty air rang the dismal howling of the 41wolves.

    The Camp in the Snow William Murray Graydon
  • The nature of its mechanism was hinted at only by a small, frosty wisp of steam or vapor up front.

    Stamped Caution Raymond Zinke Gallun
British Dictionary definitions for frosty


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for frosty

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 frosty



  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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