[ fraw-stee, fros-tee ]
/ ˈfrɔ sti, ˈfrɒs ti /

adjective, frost·i·er, frost·i·est.

characterized by or producing frost; freezing; very cold: frosty weather.
consisting of or covered with a frost: frosty designs on the windows; an avenue of frosty trees.
lacking warmth of feeling; unfriendly: Their frosty greeting puzzled us.
resembling frost; white or gray: a wedding dress of frosty satin.
of or characteristic of old age: a frosty brow.

Nearby words

  1. frosting,
  2. frosting on the cake,
  3. frostline,
  4. frostweed,
  5. frostwork,
  6. froth,
  7. froth flotation,
  8. frothy,
  9. frottage,
  10. frotteur

Origin of frosty

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at frost, -y1

Related formsfrost·i·ly, adverbfrost·i·ness, nounfrost·less, adjectiveun·frost·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for frostily


/ (ˈfrɒstɪ) /

adjective frostier or frostiest

characterized by frosta frosty night
covered by or decorated with frost
lacking warmth or enthusiasmthe new plan had a frosty reception
like frost in appearance or colour; hoary
Derived Formsfrostily, adverbfrostiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for frostily



Old English forstig, fyrstig (cf. Dutch vorstig, German frostig); see frost (n.) + -y (2). Figurative use from late 14c. Related: Frostily; frostiness.

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