- 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.
- the frosting on the cake, something added to make a thing better or more desirable.Also icing on the cake.
Origin of frosting
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- 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
1610s as an action; 1756 as a substance; meaning "cake icing" is from 1858; verbal noun from frost (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
frosting on the cake
see icing on the cake.
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