[ fraw-sting, fros-ting ]
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  1. a sweet mixture, cooked or uncooked, for coating or filling cakes, cookies, and the like; icing.

  2. a dull or lusterless finish, as on metal or glass.

  1. a process of highlighting the hair by bleaching selected strands.

  2. a material used for decorative work, as signs, displays, etc., made from coarse flakes of powdered glass.

Idioms about frosting

  1. the frosting on the cake, something added to make a thing better or more desirable.: Also icing on the cake.

Origin of frosting

First recorded in1610–20; frost + -ing1

Other words from frosting

  • non·frost·ing, adjective

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How to use frosting in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for frosting


/ (ˈfrɒstɪŋ) /

  1. a soft icing based on sugar and egg whites

  2. Also called: icing a sugar preparation, variously flavoured and coloured, for coating and decorating cakes, biscuits, etc

  1. a rough or matt finish on glass, silver, etc

  2. slang the practice of stealing a car while the owner has left it idling to defrost the windows and heat the engine

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