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[fraw-stee, fros-tee] /ˈfrɔ sti, ˈfrɒs ti/
adjective, frostier, frostiest.
characterized by or producing frost; freezing; very cold:
frosty weather.
consisting of or covered with a frost:
frosty designs on the windows; an avenue of frosty trees.
lacking warmth of feeling; unfriendly:
Their frosty greeting puzzled us.
resembling frost; white or gray:
a wedding dress of frosty satin.
of or characteristic of old age:
a frosty brow.
Origin of frosty
1350-1400; Middle English; see frost, -y1
Related forms
frostily, adverb
frostiness, noun
frostless, adjective
unfrosty, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for frosty
  • So far, he hasn't unearthed any dinosaurs that appear to have lived only in frosty climes.
  • Don't dare leave without trying one of these frosty, sweet, and slightly earthy gifts from the desert.
  • The frosty planet apparently falls within the habitable zone, and may support liquid water.
  • The two countries have been improving ties despite decades of frosty relations and rivalry.
  • At nightfall it is pitch-dark and frosty inside the house.
  • The central government has given a frosty response to the idea of privatising rural land.
  • Furthermore, this year's iron-ore price talks have so far been as frosty as last year's, which never reached an agreement.
  • frosty weather or bright sunshine are not much fun, either.
  • His smile is frosty, and his eyes never change expression.
British Dictionary definitions for frosty


adjective frostier, frostiest
characterized by frost: a frosty night
covered by or decorated with frost
lacking warmth or enthusiasm: the new plan had a frosty reception
like frost in appearance or colour; hoary
Derived Forms
frostily, adverb
frostiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for frosty

Old English forstig, fyrstig (cf. Dutch vorstig, German frostig); see frost (n.) + -y (2). Figurative use from late 14c. Related: Frostily; frostiness.

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Slang definitions & phrases for frosty


  1. Unperturbed; cool: Stay frosty. Relax (1970s+)
  2. In a reserved manner; haughty: her frosty glance (1833+)

A cold beer: how about a nice frosty

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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