icy

[ahy-see]
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adjective, i·ci·er, i·ci·est.
  1. made of, full of, or covered with ice: icy roads.
  2. resembling ice.
  3. cold: icy winds.
  4. without warmth of feeling; coldly unfriendly; frigid: an icy stare.

Origin of icy

before 900; Middle English isy, Old English īsig. See ice, -y1

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icy

adjective icier or iciest
  1. made of, covered with, or containing ice
  2. resembling ice
  3. freezing or very cold
  4. cold or reserved in manner; aloof
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Word Origin and History for icy
adj.

Old English isig; see ice (n.) + -y (2). Modern use is said to be a late Middle English re-formation. Figurative use from 1590s. Related: Icily; iciness.

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