verb (used with object), deep-freezed or deep-froze, deep-freezed or deep-fro·zen, deep-freez·ing.

to quick-freeze (food).
to store in a frozen state.

Origin of deep-freeze

An Americanism dating back to 1945–50; deep + freeze

deep freeze


a state or period of halted or suspended activity or progress: High interest rates created a deep freeze in housing construction.
suspended animation.

Origin of deep freeze

An Americanism dating back to 1940–45 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for deep-freeze

cold, freeze, frost

Examples from the Web for deep-freeze

Contemporary Examples of deep-freeze

Historical Examples of deep-freeze

  • She put her parcel on a deep-freeze unit and pulled off its paper covering.

    Creatures of the Abyss

    Murray Leinster

  • The job number called for a deep-freeze showcase, and there were exactly two hundred and seven detail drawings involved.


    James Causey

Word Origin and History for deep-freeze

registered trademark (U.S. Patent Office, 1941) of a type of refrigerator; used generically for "cold storage" since 1949.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper