Definition of icy in English:



  • 1Covered with or consisting of ice.

    ‘there were icy patches on the roads’
    • ‘The weather warning came during a day which saw severe icy conditions making life miserable for many in East Yorkshire yesterday.’
    • ‘The sleet stung our faces and made the rigging icy and slippery, the yards were swaying back and forth with the roll of the ship.’
    • ‘One learner skier made a claim after he hit an icy patch, leaned very heavily on his ski pole - and, as a result, stabbed himself with it.’
    • ‘The AA has now told motorists to take extra care on icy roads and only go out when necessary - and then armed with tool kits and hot drinks.’
    • ‘This was the dramatic moment when an injured walker from the York area was winched from an icy mountainside by an RAF helicopter.’
    • ‘I too used to live at the top of a steep hill and ran a Daihatsu Sportrak off-roader, which was absolutely fine in snow and icy conditions.’
    • ‘He died April 17 from brain injuries suffered in a fall on an icy Manhattan sidewalk.’
    • ‘Too cold and too much snow, rail signal systems freeze and roads become icy.’
    • ‘So spare a thought for the crop of young drivers who may have passed their test over the spring or summer, and have never yet had to face icy roads and dark evenings.’
    • ‘Are there outside steps that are slippery when wet or icy and dangerous in the winter?’
    • ‘As well as having some teachers stranded at home, headteachers were also concerned about health and safety on icy playgrounds.’
    • ‘A gritting lorry's windscreen was smashed by a snowball containing a stone as it was clearing icy streets on the Bell Farm estate.’
    • ‘The county woke on both Saturday and Sunday to frozen cars and icy roads but walkers still took to the hills and families to their sledges.’
    • ‘The number of accidents also fell, despite the icy conditions.’
    • ‘On the shaded parts of the lane that led to the pub, there were still icy patches where he had to slow.’
    • ‘A pensioner told today how he lost a thumb when he crashed on an icy road - and said better gritting might have prevented his accident.’
    • ‘To our left was an alpine glacier dominated by sharp-edged icy pinnacles and to our right were walls of soaring rock.’
    • ‘I trudge through sleet on icy sidewalks to look at equally slippery art shows.’
    • ‘It is a game for boys and girls who assemble on neighborhood frozen ponds next to icy rural roads.’
    • ‘Heavy frost set in, making already icy conditions even more hazardous.’
    frozen, frozen over, iced over, ice-bound, ice-covered, iced up, frosty, frosted, glassy, like a sheet of glass, slippery
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    1. 1.1Very cold.
      ‘an icy wind’
      • ‘Once I could pry my icy fingers off the bagel I was eating, I shut the door.’
      • ‘And over that time, at least 10 people have fallen from it, into the icy waters below.’
      • ‘The weather was beginning to change, giving the air and the wind an icy chill.’
      • ‘While they worked to open the door, an icy blast of cold air blew through the cottage causing every open window and door in the cottage to slam shut.’
      • ‘I shivered in the cold wind since my sweater was now soaking wet with icy cold water.’
      • ‘For once the weather bureau got it right and the predicted cold front arrived last night with a blast of icy wind.’
      • ‘The sweet aroma of the beans tickled nose as I held the steaming cup gratefully in my icy cold hands.’
      • ‘A large truck drove by causing an even larger icy cold wind than normal.’
      • ‘More than fifty hardy souls, many very young and a few of advanced years, dived, jumped or simply slid into the icy water.’
      • ‘Scores of swimmers also defied icy temperatures and bitter winds to take a seasonal dip in Dublin Bay.’
      • ‘Until March, indoor football is the only game in icy Budapest.’
      • ‘The stories about the nice weather, up to 24C, made the switch from icy Michigan very easy.’
      • ‘As he turned away she felt a chill, like an icy wind blew through her soul.’
      • ‘Ichiro froze as Neo's icy fingers took hold of his neck and tilted his head to the side to get a better view of the wounds.’
      • ‘Two men were found dead in icy conditions in Istanbul on Saturday and two more froze to death in southeastern Turkey.’
      • ‘The wrought iron was freezing on my hands when I jumped and caught the icy top rail.’
      • ‘The Arctic weather had been expected to arrive in Scotland yesterday, before taking an icy grip on the rest of the country this morning.’
      • ‘By the end he was ‘feeling no pain’ and as the liner slipped beneath the waves, he just stepped off into the icy waters.’
      • ‘The weather began to turn colder and colder as the icy winds swept the land.’
      • ‘Expect a riveting two hours tonight and tomorrow from 7.30 pm, as icy as the coldest Keighley weather.’
      freezing, frigid, chill, chilly, chilling, frosty, biting, bitter, raw, arctic, glacial, siberian, polar, gelid
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    2. 1.2Very unfriendly; hostile.
      ‘her voice was icy’
      • ‘Mr Condit's comments also got an icy reception from many constituents, though some rallied behind him.’
      • ‘The Nephyl looked around in icy disdain at the soldiers resting underneath dark trees.’
      • ‘The icy Marion slowly comes into sharper focus as we also learn the true horror of what really happened in the accident that took her sons' lives.’
      • ‘I guess the characters of the governess, the seemingly haughty and icy employer and the mad woman added to that impression.’
      • ‘She's got a wonderful icy beauty - although she's not an icy person - but in the film it works, this cold beauty.’
      • ‘Tiekkyra covered her up and sent an icy glare at the speaker.’
      • ‘While some might be disturbed by the icy stare of their future meal, I found it reassuring to see the fresh selections.’
      • ‘A few weeks on, his genial countenance has frozen into icy indifference.’
      • ‘Her power game and icy cool attitude set her apart from her peers.’
      • ‘So I just gave him a cold, icy stare and laughed at him, like I had the upper hand.’
      • ‘Wilson and Meaker both depict her as icy, needy and eager to belittle Highsmith.’
      • ‘The cub shivered and stood up, closing his icy eyes to the unwelcome sunlight.’
      • ‘His face remained cool, icy almost, so cool that Morana could not stand to look at him anymore and quickly turned back to Rissa.’
      • ‘In essence, this production lacked depth and strength, and failed to emit the icy austerity of Ibsen's masterpiece.’
      • ‘This refreshing feeling of freedom felt like icy cool water flowing over her face in the morning.’
      • ‘The red bandanna covered the rider's face concealing all but his icy emotionless eyes.’
      • ‘Casey took larger strides, ignoring his icy looks.’
      • ‘The pirate swept his icy, hard glare over the pair that lay helpless at his feet.’
      • ‘The crowd go wild as the Italian referee strolls down to the ring with his icy cool exterior.’
      • ‘She fixed her own feline eyes with Damien's cool icy stare, an unspoken challenge sparking in her eyes.’
      • ‘Gillian's character, Lady Dedlock, is a society beauty and on the surface appears icy cool.’
      unfriendly, unwelcoming, inhospitable, hostile, forbidding
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