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

First recorded in 1605–15; freeze + -ing2
Related formsfreez·ing·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for freezingly

Historical Examples

  • "I know very little about Mr. Morris," said Miss Earle, freezingly.

    In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories

    Robert Barr

  • "You have said that which no one but a clergyman could say with impunity," he said freezingly.

    The Country House

    John Galsworthy

  • "By your taking the responsibility," he as slowly and freezingly answered.

    Frenzied Finance

    Thomas W. Lawson

  • Voltaire, as editor and commentator of Corneille, is freezingly cold.

    Classic French Course in English

    William Cleaver Wilkinson

  • "I suppose you will go home with me, Brother Conway," he said, freezingly.

British Dictionary definitions for freezingly


  1. informal extremely cold
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