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[ahy-suh-lee] /ˈaɪ sə li/
in an icy manner:
I received him icily because of the harsh way he had treated me.
Origin of icily
First recorded in 1840-50; icy + -ly
Related forms
iciness, noun Unabridged
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  • "Miss McGuire, I'll trouble you to be more careful in addressing my guests," he said icily.

    The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
  • "Thank you, but we have something else to do, Mr. Brown," responded Ruth icily.

  • "She has nothing to do with this discussion," returned Roger, icily.

    Triplanetary Edward Elmer Smith
  • (icily) In that respect, sir, you will find me quite like your popular idea.

    The Ghost Breaker Paul Dickey
  • "I do not think I am trespassing," she called back as icily as possible.

  • "I fear Mrs. Hamilton has not been a member of many clubs," she remarked, icily.

    Making People Happy Thompson Buchanan
  • "I am waiting for a second to my motion," she remarked, icily.

    Making People Happy Thompson Buchanan
British Dictionary definitions for icily


in an icy or reserved manner
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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