[ free-zing ]
/ ˈfri zɪŋ /


(of temperatures) approaching, at, or below the freezing point.
extremely or uncomfortably cold; chilled: We were both freezing and welcomed the hot cocoa.
beginning to freeze or partially frozen; in the process of being or becoming frozen.

Origin of freezing

First recorded in 1605–15; freeze + -ing2

Related forms

freez·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for freezing (2 of 2)

Origin of freeze

before 1000; (v.) Middle English fresen, Old English frēosan; cognate with Middle Low German vrēsen, Old Norse frjōsa, Old High German friosan (German frieren); (noun) late Middle English frese, derivative of the v.

Related forms

Can be confused

freeze frieze Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for freezing (1 of 2)


/ (ˈfriːzɪŋ) /


informal extremely cold

British Dictionary definitions for freezing (2 of 2)


/ (friːz) /

verb freezes, freezing, froze (frəʊz) or frozen (ˈfrəʊzən)


sentence substitute

mainly US a command to stop still instantly or risk being shot

Derived Forms

freezable, adjective

Word Origin for freeze

Old English frēosan; related to Old Norse frjōsa, Old High German friosan, Latin prūrīre to itch; see frost
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Medicine definitions for freezing


[ frēz ]


To pass from the liquid to the solid state by loss of heat.
To make or become congealed, stiffened, or hardened by exposure to cold.
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Science definitions for freezing


[ frēz ]

To change from a liquid to a solid state by cooling or being cooled to the freezing point.
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