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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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  • His eyes gained a little respect as they rested on Keane's light gray, icily calm eyes.

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

    Making People Happy Thompson Buchanan
  • Unwinking, icily malignant, black slits of eyes glared at us between pouches that held them half closed.

    The Metal Monster A. Merritt
  • The gentleman in the yard,” said Dorothy, icily, “is Mr. Carr.

  • The wall of icily chill water they had counted on to secure the front of their camp was useless.

    Buckskin Mose Buckskin Mose
  • "Miss McGuire, I'll trouble you to be more careful in addressing my guests," he said icily.

    The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
  • But the water was up to his shoulders: the bag, coat and all was partly in the slime that wrapped him coldly, icily about.

    The Auto Boys' Mystery James A. Braden
British Dictionary definitions for icily


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