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.
Origin of frosty
Middle EnglishRelated formsfrost·i·ly, adverbfrost·i·ness, nounfrost·less, adjectiveun·frost·y, adjective
word dating back to 1350–1400;
see origin at frost
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British Dictionary definitions for frostily
adjective frostier or frostiest
Derived Formsfrostily, adverbfrostiness, noun
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
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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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