from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Containing or covered with ice: an icy road.
  • adj. Bitterly cold; freezing: an icy day. See Synonyms at cold.
  • adj. Resembling ice: icy fingers.
  • adj. Chilling in manner: an icy stare; icy detachment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pertaining to, resembling, or abounding in ice; cold; frosty.
  • adj. Covered with ice, wholly or partially.
  • adj. Characterized by coldness, as of manner, influence, etc.; chilling; frigid; cold.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to, resembling, or abounding in, ice; cold; frosty.
  • adj. Characterized by coldness, as of manner, influence, etc.; chilling; frigid; cold.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to, composed of, produced by, resembling, or abounding with ice: as, an icy surface; icy coldness; the icy regions of the north.
  • Figuratively, characterized by coldness or coolness, as of manner, influence, etc.; frigid; chilling; freezing; indifferent.
  • Synonyms Frosty, cold-hearted, stoṅy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. devoid of warmth and cordiality; expressive of unfriendliness or disdain
  • adj. covered with or containing or consisting of ice
  • adj. shiny and slick as with a thin coating of ice
  • adj. extremely cold


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  • He pulled out a cigarette, lit it, rolled down the window to let in icy air, then said "No. Not since the funeral."


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  • Sounds like the letters I C.

    October 28, 2009

  • 'That's very tiny,'

    she says (probes his kimono);

    icy December,

    the Rose shut, she ugly - what's

    expected, the HINDENBURG?

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    Note: 'tiny' in the original is in small type.

    June 29, 2008

  • Yes, exactly! Which makes me wonder why it wasn't already on my three-letter words list...

    I wonder if WeirdNet just goes crazy looking for the least-used definition. I would think "icy" is most commonly used as "covered with ice." Maybe not.

    November 24, 2007

  • One of the most expressive words around, and so sharp and surprising in its smallness.

    November 24, 2007