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 frozenice-cold, icy, frigid, chilled, iced, fixed, numb, frosted, petrified, rooted, suspended, pegged, arctic, Siberian, antarctic, icebound, stock-still
Examples from the Web for frozen
Contemporary Examples of frozen
Defrost overnight in the refrigerator (if frozen) and bake before serving.
Stir in the frozen peas and chicken, taste for seasonings, and pour the mixture into six (2-cup) ovenproof serving bowls.
Without it in the atmosphere, the Earth would be a barren, frozen wasteland.Extreme Weather? Blame the End Times
November 28, 2014
Since then, all dividend payments have been frozen and Iran receives “no uranium or revenue from the mine.”McCain Helps a Business Partner of Iran
November 13, 2014
He was later sued by his lawyers in London for failing to pay $419,400 in counsel fees when his assets were frozen.The Mysterious Death of the Art World’s Favorite Sheikh
November 13, 2014
Historical Examples of frozen
She was speechless; her raised hand did not fall; it was as if she were frozen where she stood.Way of the Lawless
The river was frozen, and the grass was white with hoar-frost.
If the fish is frozen, it should first be thawed in cold water.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Our vessels were moored about the harbour, and we were all frozen in, as a matter of course.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
The ground is frozen hard; we stub our toes on the frozen ruts in the road.A Little Book of Profitable Tales
- (of prices, wages, etc) arbitrarily pegged at a certain level
- (of business assets) not convertible into cash, as by government direction or business conditions
verb freezes, freezing, froze (frəʊz) or frozen (ˈfrəʊzən)
Word Origin for freeze
mid-14c., past participle adjective from freeze (v.). Figurative use is from 1570s. Of assets, bank accounts, etc., from 1922.
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.).