Definition of frosty in English:



  • 1(of the weather) very cold, with frost forming on surfaces.

    ‘a cold and frosty morning’
    • ‘It's been frosty in the morning here for the last few days.’
    • ‘Not many flowers are designed specifically to withstand cold and frosty weather.’
    • ‘Talk hunting, and everyone starts thinking about frosty mornings and clear, cold nights in hunting camp.’
    • ‘Spring is beginning to make its long awaited appearance even if the weather has been bitterly cold and frosty of late.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Leave planting or moving evergreen specimens until spring and delay all planting until then if the weather turns frosty or if the soil becomes cold and waterlogged.’
    • ‘The frosty morning also brings out patterns in our landscapes.’
    • ‘Holes in the canopy had left the roosting insects prey to the frosty nights.’
    • ‘The cold frosty weather, coupled with the total lack of rain over the previous months, is creating some problems for our local Brigades.’
    • ‘Sorry about the typing, combination of a damaged thumb and a frosty morning.’
    • ‘Red leaves mark walls and trees all around Dublin as frosty mornings have become the norm.’
    • ‘I still own a bleach-stained T-shirt that is so stretched it could cover a stretched limousine on a frosty night.’
    • ‘Elsewhere without adequate insulation there have been condensation problems in frosty weather.’
    • ‘His laughter was like icicles or the wind on a cold frosty day.’
    • ‘The weather was starting to get a bit frosty and I rolled my window up to keep the chill out.’
    • ‘I decided on a stew with a lot of red wine, adding some of the rosemary and sage that has survived the first frosty nights outside, and a couple of pears that were sitting in my kitchen.’
    • ‘If you get good weather, cold and clear and frosty, it's one of the best times to be walking.’
    • ‘This caused problems for drivers in the Birmingham area last winter, where there was a spate of thefts after owners had left their vehicles running with the keys in for a few minutes to warm up on frosty mornings.’
    • ‘Despite the frosty weather, early morning shoppers queued in their hundreds to bag the best deals.’
    • ‘For as glorious an image as that presents, I can only guess how cold that ride must have been on frosty Hill Country mornings.’
    freezing, frigid, glacial, arctic, wintry, bitter, bitterly cold, cold, ice-cold, icy-cold, cool, chilly, crisp, bleak
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    1. 1.1 Covered with or as if with frost.
      ‘the dog crouched in the frosty grass’
      • ‘This was not the ideal time to fish the lakes as it had turned very cold and we were greeted with a white frosty lawn every morning.’
      • ‘The gloomy gray clouds passed over the sun and a enormous shadow stretched across the frosty grass.’
      • ‘Sylvia pulled the door closed after her as she stepped out onto the frosty grass in the garden.’
      • ‘Okay, that'll be a pitcher of Bud Light and four frosty mugs.’
      • ‘I rested my arms on the concrete window sill and stared out beautiful cold frosty landscape.’
      • ‘It's tough flying when the beak is frozen and tough scavenging for white bread on frosty grass.’
      • ‘Her feet crunched the frosty grass as she slowly made her way to the weapon.’
      • ‘He ran so they could chase him, leaving four dark swathes across the frosty surface.’
      • ‘She put her hands back onto the frosty, reflective surface.’
      • ‘He went on to ask motorists to continue to be vigilant on the roads over the winter, particularly if the conditions deteriorate and roads become frosty or slippery.’
      • ‘Police said on Sunday that the frosty road surface may have caused him to lose control of the car.’
      • ‘Well, the well cold Red Stripes were enjoyed from the frosty mugs.’
      • ‘Hockey pucks ranging from black to orange to white were scattered across the now greatly dented frosty surface.’
      • ‘There is something very peaceful and satisfying about the sound of their quiet munching and the noise of their feet on frosty grass.’
      • ‘His feet crunched softly on the hard, frosty grass as he listened for anything that could be a threat.’
      • ‘The sun was a pale circle in the white sky, glinting dully on the frosty grass.’
      • ‘Trouble is, the thickness of the frosty mantle covering the Arctic Ocean has diminished by about 40 percent in the last four decades.’
      • ‘The chill of the air outside nearly stunned her as she dragged her feet through the frosty grass.’
  • 2Cold and unfriendly in manner.

    ‘Sebastian gave her a frosty look’
    • ‘Gaston's voice was rather frosty, but nobody noticed except for Alex.’
    • ‘Government ministers face a frosty reception at this year's Special Olympics following cutbacks in promised funding for physical and sensory disability services.’
    • ‘Some warmed to its kooky charms while others gave it a frosty reception.’
    • ‘But in reality, relations between Israel and its biggest Arab neighbor, Egypt, have been a bit frosty.’
    • ‘Both men looked away from the steady gaze, unable to meet the frosty, hard look in those grey eyes.’
    • ‘I waited, heart pounding hard, trying to keep the frosty professional exterior.’
    • ‘He spoke up quietly, his words dripping with frosty disdain.’
    • ‘If you arrive late, you don't want a frosty reception in the bar.’
    • ‘‘When the politicians come and knock on these people's doors they are going to get a frosty reception,’ he said.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I gave him and frosty glare and pulled my arm out of his hold.’
    • ‘He has already experienced that sting: when he approached Montreal's Telefilm office, his application for funding was met with a frosty reception.’
    • ‘Louis was listening to the man's bragging, his manner growing increasingly frosty, and Beth appeared excruciatingly uncomfortable.’
    • ‘The conference delegates, who had been expected to give him a frosty reception, rose as one in a burst of applause that was sustained until the Prime Minister left the podium.’
    • ‘While mourning in a rather frosty manner, Laura discovers a man living in her home.’
    • ‘Natasha had finally halted her cheering and shot Seth a frosty glare.’
    • ‘Relations between the media and the judge became increasingly frosty.’
    • ‘When she could see nothing in them but frosty hostility, he turned and left silently, her hair still gripped firmly in his hands.’
    • ‘I'm tempted to wreak a terrible revenge by… um… tutting a bit and behaving in a generally frosty manner whenever I walk past the flat of those responsible.’
    • ‘But they have received a frosty reception from neighbours who say they will fight tooth and nail to stop them from getting planning permission to convert the house.’
    unfriendly, unsympathetic, inhospitable, unwelcoming, forbidding, hostile, disdainful, haughty, stony, stern, hard, fierce
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