in an icy manner: I received him icily because of the harsh way he had treated me.

Origin of icily

First recorded in 1840–50; icy + -ly
Related formsi·ci·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for iciness

Historical Examples of iciness

  • The softness of his speech in no way disguised the iciness of his manner.

    The Night Riders

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • But I never found courage to betray my lack of sympathy in all its iciness.

    Earth's Enigmas

    Charles G. D. Roberts

  • I was quite determined the iciness should come from me first, not her, for a few days.

    Man and Maid

    Elinor Glyn

  • They are trembling, violently trembling from the iciness of their immersion.

  • An iciness clutched my very soul as I sat mute while Luther talked.

British Dictionary definitions for iciness



the condition of being icy or very cold
a manner that is cold or reserved; aloofness



in an icy or reserved manner
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