frosting

[ fraw-sting, fros-ting ]
/ ˈfrɔ stɪŋ, ˈfrɒs tɪŋ /
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noun

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

Idioms

    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

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British Dictionary definitions for frosting on the cake

frosting

/ (ˈfrɒstɪŋ) /

noun

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
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Word Origin and History for frosting on the cake

frosting

n.

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

Idioms and Phrases with frosting on the cake

frosting on the cake

see icing on the cake.

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