Definition of icy in US English:


adjectiveicier, iciest

  • 1Covered with or consisting of ice.

    ‘there were icy patches on the roads’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To our left was an alpine glacier dominated by sharp-edged icy pinnacles and to our right were walls of soaring rock.’
    • ‘As well as having some teachers stranded at home, headteachers were also concerned about health and safety on icy playgrounds.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A gritting lorry's windscreen was smashed by a snowball containing a stone as it was clearing icy streets on the Bell Farm estate.’
    • ‘It is a game for boys and girls who assemble on neighborhood frozen ponds next to icy rural roads.’
    • ‘This was the dramatic moment when an injured walker from the York area was winched from an icy mountainside by an RAF helicopter.’
    • ‘Heavy frost set in, making already icy conditions even more hazardous.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The weather warning came during a day which saw severe icy conditions making life miserable for many in East Yorkshire yesterday.’
    • ‘I trudge through sleet on icy sidewalks to look at equally slippery art shows.’
    • ‘The number of accidents also fell, despite the icy conditions.’
    • ‘He died April 17 from brain injuries suffered in a fall on an icy Manhattan sidewalk.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On the shaded parts of the lane that led to the pub, there were still icy patches where he had to slow.’
    • ‘Are there outside steps that are slippery when wet or icy and dangerous in the winter?’
    • ‘Too cold and too much snow, rail signal systems freeze and roads become icy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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. 1.1 Very cold.
      ‘an icy wind’
      • ‘The weather began to turn colder and colder as the icy winds swept the land.’
      • ‘For once the weather bureau got it right and the predicted cold front arrived last night with a blast of icy wind.’
      • ‘By the end he was ‘feeling no pain’ and as the liner slipped beneath the waves, he just stepped off into the icy waters.’
      • ‘More than fifty hardy souls, many very young and a few of advanced years, dived, jumped or simply slid into the icy water.’
      • ‘Two men were found dead in icy conditions in Istanbul on Saturday and two more froze to death in southeastern Turkey.’
      • ‘Once I could pry my icy fingers off the bagel I was eating, I shut the door.’
      • ‘A large truck drove by causing an even larger icy cold wind than normal.’
      • ‘And over that time, at least 10 people have fallen from it, into the icy waters below.’
      • ‘As he turned away she felt a chill, like an icy wind blew through her soul.’
      • ‘I shivered in the cold wind since my sweater was now soaking wet with icy cold water.’
      • ‘The sweet aroma of the beans tickled nose as I held the steaming cup gratefully in my icy cold hands.’
      • ‘The Arctic weather had been expected to arrive in Scotland yesterday, before taking an icy grip on the rest of the country this morning.’
      • ‘The wrought iron was freezing on my hands when I jumped and caught the icy top rail.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Scores of swimmers also defied icy temperatures and bitter winds to take a seasonal dip in Dublin Bay.’
      • ‘Expect a riveting two hours tonight and tomorrow from 7.30 pm, as icy as the coldest Keighley weather.’
      • ‘The weather was beginning to change, giving the air and the wind an icy chill.’
      • ‘The stories about the nice weather, up to 24C, made the switch from icy Michigan very easy.’
      • ‘Until March, indoor football is the only game in icy Budapest.’
      freezing, frigid, chill, chilly, chilling, frosty, biting, bitter, raw, arctic, glacial, siberian, polar, gelid
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    2. 1.2 (of a person's tone or manner) very unfriendly; hostile.
      ‘her voice was icy’
      • ‘This refreshing feeling of freedom felt like icy cool water flowing over her face in the morning.’
      • ‘She fixed her own feline eyes with Damien's cool icy stare, an unspoken challenge sparking in her eyes.’
      • ‘I guess the characters of the governess, the seemingly haughty and icy employer and the mad woman added to that impression.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Mr Condit's comments also got an icy reception from many constituents, though some rallied behind him.’
      • ‘While some might be disturbed by the icy stare of their future meal, I found it reassuring to see the fresh selections.’
      • ‘Tiekkyra covered her up and sent an icy glare at the speaker.’
      • ‘The Nephyl looked around in icy disdain at the soldiers resting underneath dark trees.’
      • ‘Wilson and Meaker both depict her as icy, needy and eager to belittle Highsmith.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In essence, this production lacked depth and strength, and failed to emit the icy austerity of Ibsen's masterpiece.’
      • ‘Her power game and icy cool attitude set her apart from her peers.’
      • ‘The crowd go wild as the Italian referee strolls down to the ring with his icy cool exterior.’
      • ‘So I just gave him a cold, icy stare and laughed at him, like I had the upper hand.’
      • ‘His face remained cool, icy almost, so cool that Morana could not stand to look at him anymore and quickly turned back to Rissa.’
      • ‘A few weeks on, his genial countenance has frozen into icy indifference.’
      • ‘Gillian's character, Lady Dedlock, is a society beauty and on the surface appears icy cool.’
      • ‘She's got a wonderful icy beauty - although she's not an icy person - but in the film it works, this cold beauty.’
      • ‘The cub shivered and stood up, closing his icy eyes to the unwelcome sunlight.’
      unfriendly, unwelcoming, inhospitable, hostile, forbidding
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