[frawst, frost]
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  1. a degree or state of coldness sufficient to cause the freezing of water.
  2. Also called hoarfrost. a covering of minute ice needles, formed from the atmosphere at night upon the ground and exposed objects when they have cooled by radiation below the dew point, and when the dew point is below the freezing point.
  3. an opaque coating of tiny, white, granular ice particles, formed on the walls or contents of a freezer by the condensation of water vapor; rime.
  4. the act or process of freezing.
  5. coldness of manner or temperament: We noticed a definite frost in his greeting.
  6. Informal. a coolness between persons.
  7. Informal. something that meets with lack of enthusiasm, as a theatrical performance or party; failure; flop.
  8. a milk shake, frappe, or similar drink: a chocolate frost.
verb (used with object)
  1. to cover with frost.
  2. to give a frostlike surface to (glass, metal, etc.).
  3. to ice (a cake, cookies, etc.).
  4. to bleach selected strands of (a person's hair) in order to create highlights.
  5. to kill or injure by frost: a freezing rain that badly frosted the tomato plants.
  6. to make angry: I was frosted by his critical comment.
verb (used without object)
  1. to become covered with frost or freeze (often followed by up or over): The windshield has frosted over.
  2. (of varnish, paint, etc.) to dry with a film resembling frost.
  1. degree of frost, British. the degree of temperature Fahrenheit below the freezing point: 10 degrees of frost is equivalent to 22°F.

Origin of frost

before 900; Middle English, Old English frost, forst; cognate with Old Saxon, Old High German, Old Norse frost; akin to freeze
Related formsfrost·less, adjectivefrost·like, adjectiveun·frost, verb (used with object)

Synonyms for frost

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[frawst, frost]
  1. Robert (Lee),1874–1963, U.S. poet. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for frost

rime, drop, ice, freeze, blight, dip, hoarfrost

Examples from the Web for frost

Contemporary Examples of frost

Historical Examples of frost

  • The winter has been trying; there is rain one day, frost the next.

    Ballads of a Bohemian

    Robert W. Service

  • "You will find that you are up against a hell of a frost," she would declare, brutally.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • At length the frost and snow really did come, and the Chickadees were in a woeful case.

    Johnny Bear

    E. T. Seton

  • The tents that had whitened the plain were gone like a frost before the sun.

    Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew

    Josephine Preston Peabody

  • That is why we feel that expensive Arctic feasts would probably be a frost.

    Alarms and Discursions

    G. K. Chesterton

British Dictionary definitions for frost


  1. a white deposit of ice particles, esp one formed on objects out of doors at nightSee also hoarfrost
  2. an atmospheric temperature of below freezing point, characterized by the production of this deposit
  3. degrees below freezing point: eight degrees of frost indicates a temperature of either –8°C or 24°F
  4. informal something given a cold reception; failure
  5. informal coolness of manner
  6. the act of freezing
  1. to cover or be covered with frost
  2. (tr) to give a frostlike appearance to (glass, etc), as by means of a fine-grained surface
  3. (tr) mainly US and Canadian to decorate (cakes, etc) with icing or frosting
  4. (tr) to kill or damage (crops, etc) with frost
Derived Formsfrostlike, adjective

Word Origin for frost

Old English frost; related to Old Norse, Old Saxon, Old High German frost; see freeze


  1. Sir David (Paradine). born 1939, British television presenter and executive, noted esp for political interviews
  2. Robert (Lee). 1874–1963, US poet, noted for his lyrical verse on country life in New England. His books include A Boy's Will (1913), North of Boston (1914), and New Hampshire (1923)
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Word Origin and History for frost

Old English forst, frost "a freezing, becoming frozen, extreme cold," from Proto-Germanic *frusta- (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Old High German frost, Middle Dutch and Dutch vorst), related to freosan "to freeze," from PIE *preus- "to freeze; burn" (see freeze (v.)). Both forms of the word were common in English till late 15c.; the triumph of frost may be due to its similarity to the forms in other Germanic languages.


1630s, from frost (n.). Related: Frosted; frosting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

frost in Medicine


  1. A deposit of minute ice crystals formed when water vapor condenses at a temperature below freezing.
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frost in Science


  1. A deposit of tiny, white ice crystals on a surface. Frost forms through sublimation, when water vapor in the air condenses at a temperature below freezing. It gets its white color from tiny air bubbles trapped in the ice crystals. See more at dew point.
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