Origin of freeze-up
verb (used without object), froze, fro·zen, freez·ing.
verb (used with object), froze, fro·zen, freez·ing.
- Canasta.to play a wild card on (the discard pile) so as to make it frozen.
- Poker.to eliminate (other players) in a game of freezeout.
Origin of freeze
Examples from the Web for freeze-up
Historical Examples of freeze-up
There was nothing whatever to read in the cabin, and they had been there since the freeze-up!Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled
That the freeze-up might come any day was patent, and delays of safety were no longer considered.The Red One
I haven't been shooting any since the freeze-up because they can't do any great damage.Swamp Cat
James Arthur Kjelgaard
The last river boat before the freeze-up had long since gone.The Yukon Trail
William MacLeod Raine
Gold-seekers who made in before the freeze-up carried the news of his coming.The Faith of Men
- the freezing of lakes, rivers, and topsoil in autumn or early winter
- the time of year when this occurs
verb freezes, freezing, froze (frəʊz) or frozen (ˈfrəʊzən)
Word Origin for freeze
Old English freosan "turn to ice" (class II strong verb; past tense freas, past participle froren), from Proto-Germanic *freusanan (cf. Old Norse frjosa, Old High German friosan, German frieren "to freeze," Gothic frius "frost"), from Proto-Germanic *freus-, equivalent to PIE root *preus- "to freeze," also "to burn" (cf. Sanskrit prusva, Latin pruina "hoarfrost," Welsh rhew "frost," Sanskrit prustah "burnt," Albanian prus "burning coals," Latin pruna "a live coal").
Transitive sense first recorded 14c., figurative sense c.1400. Meaning "become rigid or motionless" attested by 1720. Sense of "fix at a certain level, make non-transactable" is 1922. Freeze frame is from 1960, originally "a briefly Frozen Shot after the Jingle to allow ample time for Change over at the end of a T.V. 'Commercial.' " ["ABC of Film & TV," 1960].
c.1400, from freeze (v.).