[ ahy-see ]
/ ˈaɪ si /

adjective, i·ci·er, i·ci·est.

made of, full of, or covered with ice: icy roads.
resembling ice.
cold: icy winds.
without warmth of feeling; coldly unfriendly; frigid: an icy stare.

Nearby words

  1. icterus neonatorum,
  2. ictinus,
  3. ictus,
  4. icu,
  5. icu psychosis,
  6. icy pole,
  7. icymi,
  8. id,
  9. id bracelet,
  10. id card

Origin of icy

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

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British Dictionary definitions for icy


/ (ˈaɪsɪ) /

adjective icier or iciest

made of, covered with, or containing ice
resembling ice
freezing or very cold
cold or reserved in manner; aloof
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Word Origin and History for icy



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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