[fraw-sting, fros-ting]


a sweet mixture, cooked or uncooked, for coating or filling cakes, cookies, and the like; icing.
a dull or lusterless finish, as on metal or glass.
a process of highlighting the hair by bleaching selected strands.
a material used for decorative work, as signs, displays, etc., made from coarse flakes of powdered glass.

Nearby words

  1. frostbitten,
  2. frosted,
  3. frosted liver,
  4. frostfish,
  5. frostflower,
  6. frosting on the cake,
  7. frostline,
  8. frostweed,
  9. frostwork,
  10. frosty


    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 in 1610–20; frost + -ing1

Related formsnon·frost·ing, 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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for frosting



a soft icing based on sugar and egg whites
Also called: icing a sugar preparation, variously flavoured and coloured, for coating and decorating cakes, biscuits, etc
a rough or matt finish on glass, silver, etc
slang the practice of stealing a car while the owner has left it idling to defrost the windows and heat the engine



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 frosting
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Medicine definitions for frosting




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

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Science definitions for frosting



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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