verb (used without object), froze, fro·zen, freez·ing.
verb (used with object), froze, fro·zen, freez·ing.
- Canasta.to play a wild card on (the discard pile) so as to make it frozen.
- Poker.to eliminate (other players) in a game of freezeout.
Origin of freeze
Related Words for frozerefrigerate, chill, fix, suspend, stiffen, pierce, benumb, bite, frost, harden, congeal, solidify, nip, glaciate, depress, inhibit, dishearten, dampen, discourage, peg
Examples from the Web for froze
Contemporary Examples of froze
Yeah,” he said, “they called that pitch the freezing slider, because it just froze Horton solid.A Ghostwriter Steps Out of the Shadows
September 17, 2014
For just a moment, I froze and found myself imagining what it would feel like to break a pelvis.Chicago’s Running of the Bulls
July 26, 2014
When I heard Friday that my friends and colleagues Anja Niedringhaus and Kathy Gannon were attacked in Afghanistan, I froze.Remembering My Sisters in Danger, The AP’s Anja Niedringhaus and Kathy Gannon
April 4, 2014
The East River froze at least a dozen times between 1780 and 1888.From Snowy Atlanta to Sunny Sochi, It's All About Global Weirding
February 12, 2014
They froze, to greater and lesser degrees, virtually all of their nuclear programs.Obama Wins Round One on Iran
Leslie H. Gelb
December 4, 2013
Historical Examples of froze
If the ice that froze up the spring of his love would but begin to melt!Weighed and Wanting
I guess that hoss thinks he's goin' to be froze to the ground.Tiverton Tales
As soon as the Prairie-dog sat up with some food in his hand she froze into a statue.Johnny Bear
E. T. Seton
Johnsons hands had hardy touched it before it froze immediately.The Field of Ice
One winter, the ground was covered with snow, and it froze horribly.A Comedy of Marriage and Other Tales
Guy De Maupassant
verb freezes, freezing, froze (frəʊz) or frozen (ˈfrəʊzən)
Word Origin for freeze
Old English freosan "turn to ice" (class II strong verb; past tense freas, past participle froren), from Proto-Germanic *freusanan (cf. Old Norse frjosa, Old High German friosan, German frieren "to freeze," Gothic frius "frost"), from Proto-Germanic *freus-, equivalent to PIE root *preus- "to freeze," also "to burn" (cf. Sanskrit prusva, Latin pruina "hoarfrost," Welsh rhew "frost," Sanskrit prustah "burnt," Albanian prus "burning coals," Latin pruna "a live coal").
Transitive sense first recorded 14c., figurative sense c.1400. Meaning "become rigid or motionless" attested by 1720. Sense of "fix at a certain level, make non-transactable" is 1922. Freeze frame is from 1960, originally "a briefly Frozen Shot after the Jingle to allow ample time for Change over at the end of a T.V. 'Commercial.' " ["ABC of Film & TV," 1960].
c.1400, from freeze (v.).