- injured by frost or extreme cold.
- past participle of frostbite.
Origin of frostbitten
First recorded in 1585–95
- injury to any part of the body after excessive exposure to extreme cold, sometimes progressing from initial redness and tingling to gangrene.
- to injure by frost or extreme cold.
Origin of frostbite
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Examples from the Web for frostbitten
But with me, the verdure and the flowers are not frostbitten in the midst of winter.The Village Uncle (From "Twice Told Tales")
Yet, poor Fox, dear Fox, who lay on my breast when I was frostbitten.The Parisians, Complete
Lynn was in the bed between us and it was so cold her cheeks were frostbitten by morning.The Biography of a Rabbit
Does his soul expand in the winter, or does it shrink like frostbitten fruit?
They are unloved and unlovely, and they are frostbitten in the realms of luxury.
- of or affected with frostbite
- destruction of tissues, esp those of the fingers, ears, toes, and nose, by freezing, characterized by tingling, blister formation, and gangrene
- NZ a type of small sailing dinghy
Word Origin and History for frostbitten
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Injury or destruction of skin and underlying tissue, most often that of the nose, ears, fingers, or toes, resulting from prolonged exposure to freezing or subfreezing temperatures.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
- Damage to a part of the body as a result of exposure to freezing temperatures. It is caused by a loss of blood supply and the formation of ice crystals in the affected body part.
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