[fraw-stid, fros-tid]



a thick beverage, usually made with milk, flavoring syrup, and ice cream whipped together.

Origin of frosted

First recorded in 1635–45; frost + -ed2
Related formsnon·frost·ed, adjectiveun·frost·ed, adjective


[frawst, frost]


a degree or state of coldness sufficient to cause the freezing of water.
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.
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.
the act or process of freezing.
coldness of manner or temperament: We noticed a definite frost in his greeting.
Informal. a coolness between persons.
Informal. something that meets with lack of enthusiasm, as a theatrical performance or party; failure; flop.
a milk shake, frappe, or similar drink: a chocolate frost.

verb (used with object)

to cover with frost.
to give a frostlike surface to (glass, metal, etc.).
to ice (a cake, cookies, etc.).
to bleach selected strands of (a person's hair) in order to create highlights.
to kill or injure by frost: a freezing rain that badly frosted the tomato plants.
to make angry: I was frosted by his critical comment.

verb (used without object)

to become covered with frost or freeze (often followed by up or over): The windshield has frosted over.
(of varnish, paint, etc.) to dry with a film resembling frost.

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

Examples from the Web for frosted

Contemporary Examples of frosted

Historical Examples of frosted

  • You can bake the frosted cake and we'll have some of the other children in.

    The Depot Master

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Here is another mystery asking for a glass of frosted chocolate.


    Christopher Morley

  • He rested his hands on their shoulders, where their ebony fur was frosted with gray.

    Space Prison

    Tom Godwin

  • The female is black, while the male is frosted over with a whitish powder.

    Our Common Insects

    Alpheus Spring Packard

  • He was hungry and tired, and his frosted feet ached with every step.

    The Camp in the Snow

    William Murray Graydon

British Dictionary definitions for frosted



covered or injured by frost
covered with icing, as a cake
(of glass, etc) having a surface roughened, as if covered with frost, to prevent clear vision through it



Sir David (Paradine). born 1939, British television presenter and executive, noted esp for political interviews
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)



a white deposit of ice particles, esp one formed on objects out of doors at nightSee also hoarfrost
an atmospheric temperature of below freezing point, characterized by the production of this deposit
degrees below freezing point: eight degrees of frost indicates a temperature of either –8°C or 24°F
informal something given a cold reception; failure
informal coolness of manner
the act of freezing


to cover or be covered with frost
(tr) to give a frostlike appearance to (glass, etc), as by means of a fine-grained surface
(tr) mainly US and Canadian to decorate (cakes, etc) with icing or frosting
(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
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Word Origin and History for frosted

1640s of whitening hair; 1680s of glass; 1734 of sugar or icing, past participle adjective from 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

frosted in Medicine




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



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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