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[fraw-stee, fros-tee]
adjective, frost·i·er, frost·i·est.
  1. characterized by or producing frost; freezing; very cold: frosty weather.
  2. consisting of or covered with a frost: frosty designs on the windows; an avenue of frosty trees.
  3. lacking warmth of feeling; unfriendly: Their frosty greeting puzzled us.
  4. resembling frost; white or gray: a wedding dress of frosty satin.
  5. of or characteristic of old age: a frosty brow.
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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
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Examples from the Web for frostily

Historical Examples of frostily

  • Then: "I think you had better leave me," she told him frostily.

    The Snare

    Rafael Sabatini

  • "You are pleased to be amused, ma'am," says Charles frostily.

  • "I was unaware that the E's must heed court orders," he said frostily.

    Eight Keys to Eden

    Mark Irvin Clifton

  • "I shouldn't like to have it cut off at all I'm quite sure," said Mrs. Frost frostily.

    The City of Fire

    Grace Livingston Hill

  • The Major stared at him frostily, and then his mood changed.

British Dictionary definitions for frostily


adjective frostier or frostiest
  1. characterized by frosta frosty night
  2. covered by or decorated with frost
  3. lacking warmth or enthusiasmthe new plan had a frosty reception
  4. like frost in appearance or colour; hoary
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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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