Definition of frosty in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfrôstē/

adjective (frostier, frostiest)

1(Of the weather) very cold with frost forming on surfaces: a cold and frosty morning
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  • Despite the frosty weather, early morning shoppers queued in their hundreds to bag the best deals.
  • The cold frosty weather, coupled with the total lack of rain over the previous months, is creating some problems for our local Brigades.
  • There is some outstanding sowing to be down but the spell of cold, frosty weather we've been experiencing is set to remain with us for a few days yet, so the parsnips and spring onions will have to wait awhile.
freezing, cold, icy-cold, bitter, bitterly cold, chill, wintry, frigid, glacial, hypothermic, arctic;
frozen, icy, gelid
informal nippy
literary rimy
1.1Covered with or as if with frost: the dog crouched in the frosty grass
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  • Trouble is, the thickness of the frosty mantle covering the Arctic Ocean has diminished by about 40 percent in the last four decades.
  • There is something very peaceful and satisfying about the sound of their quiet munching and the noise of their feet on frosty grass.
  • It's tough flying when the beak is frozen and tough scavenging for white bread on frosty grass.
2Cold and unfriendly in manner: Sam gave her a frosty look
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  • Government ministers face a frosty reception at this year's Special Olympics following cutbacks in promised funding for physical and sensory disability services.
  • He has already experienced that sting: when he approached Montreal's Telefilm office, his application for funding was met with a frosty reception.
  • When it was launched, 21 years ago, the pound coin received a frosty reception from a sceptical public, reluctant to give up the much-loved folding note it was to replace.
cold, frigid, icy, glacial, unfriendly, inhospitable, unwelcoming, forbidding, hostile, stony, stern, steely, hard



Pronunciation: /ˈfrôstəlē/
Example sentences
  • The suggestion was frostily denied by Labour aides.
  • ‘No,’ she says eventually, a little frostily, then has the grace to laugh at herself.
  • However she has agreed to persevere, albeit rather frostily.


Pronunciation: /ˈfrôstēnəs/
Example sentences
  • ‘How did you know I'd had a baby? ‘she asks, trying to keep a frostiness out of her tone.’
  • The frostiness of the relationship has raised speculation that the Government will consider abolishing the licence fee in its forthcoming review of the BBC's charter.
  • Just last year, after decades of frostiness, there were indications from Beijing that it may forge diplomatic ties with the Vatican.

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Syllabification: frost·y

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