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[ahy-suh-lee] /ˈaɪ sə li/
in an icy manner:
I received him icily because of the harsh way he had treated me.
Origin of icily
1840-50; icy + -ly
Related forms
iciness, noun Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • The evening was one of wonders for which I had no name—wonders associated with an iciness that was far from agreeable.

    Animal Ghosts Elliott O'Donnell
  • The softness of his speech in no way disguised the iciness of his manner.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • His reverence of the baroness gave his cold blue eyes the iciness of her loathed letter.

  • I was quite determined the iciness should come from me first, not her, for a few days.

    Man and Maid Elinor Glyn
  • She answered, with iciness in her tone: "I could not undertake to dictate to my host in such a matter."

    King Coal Upton Sinclair
  • They are trembling, violently trembling from the iciness of their immersion.

  • What staggered him most was Ebenezer's iciness and his statements with regard to the possessions left by Edward Harbor.

    Under the Chinese Dragon F. S. Brereton
  • An iciness clutched my very soul as I sat mute while Luther talked.

  • Something in the man's expression as he advanced towards her brought all the iciness back to her tone and manner.

    The Devil's Paw E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • After the iciness of the preceding night, a day of burning sunshine.

British Dictionary definitions for iciness


the condition of being icy or very cold
a manner that is cold or reserved; aloofness


in an icy or reserved manner
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