Definition of frosty in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfrɒsti/

adjective (frostier, frostiest)

1(Of the weather) very cold, with frost forming on surfaces: a cold and frosty morning
More example sentences
  • 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.
frozen, rimy, icy
informal nippy
British informal parky
literary frore, chill
rare gelid, brumal
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: Sebastian 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.
unfriendly, unsympathetic, inhospitable, unwelcoming, forbidding, hostile, disdainful, haughty, stony, stern, hard, fierce;
icy, glacial, frigid, cold, cool



Pronunciation: /ˈfrɒstɪli/
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: /ˈfrɒstɪnəs/
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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