[hawr-frawst, -frost, hohr-]


Nearby words

  1. hoard,
  2. hoarder,
  3. hoarding,
  4. hoare,
  5. hoare, samuel,
  6. hoarhound,
  7. hoarse,
  8. hoarsely,
  9. hoarsen,
  10. hoary

Origin of hoarfrost

First recorded in 1250–1300, hoarfrost is from the Middle English word hor-frost. See hoar, frost

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British Dictionary definitions for hoarfrost



a deposit of needle-like ice crystals formed on the ground by direct condensation at temperatures below freezing pointAlso called: white frost
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Word Origin and History for hoarfrost



c.1300, hore-forst; see hoar + frost (n.).

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Science definitions for hoarfrost



Frozen dew that forms a white coating on a surface.
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