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frosty

[fraw-stee, fros-tee] /ˈfrɔ sti, ˈfrɒs ti/
adjective, frostier, frostiest.
1.
characterized by or producing frost; freezing; very cold:
frosty weather.
2.
consisting of or covered with a frost:
frosty designs on the windows; an avenue of frosty trees.
3.
lacking warmth of feeling; unfriendly:
Their frosty greeting puzzled us.
4.
resembling frost; white or gray:
a wedding dress of frosty satin.
5.
of or characteristic of old age:
a frosty brow.
Origin of frosty
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see frost, -y1
Related forms
frostily, adverb
frostiness, noun
frostless, adjective
unfrosty, adjective
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  • He shivered in a little wind that blew under the rose vine with a frosty gust.

    The Heart's Kingdom Maria Thompson Daviess
  • Until now, during every clear night the air had been frosty.

  • Clear into the frosty night it rose, and I fell to wondering savagely with what thoughts Colliver saluted it.

    Dead Man's Rock Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • Rosie had lifted her frosty face in a smile of welcome, but Amelia did not see it.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • The nature of its mechanism was hinted at only by a small, frosty wisp of steam or vapor up front.

    Stamped Caution Raymond Zinke Gallun
British Dictionary definitions for frosty

frosty

/ˈfrɒstɪ/
adjective frostier, frostiest
1.
characterized by frost: a frosty night
2.
covered by or decorated with frost
3.
lacking warmth or enthusiasm: the new plan had a frosty reception
4.
like frost in appearance or colour; hoary
Derived Forms
frostily, adverb
frostiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for frosty
adj.

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

frosty

adjective

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

noun

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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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