see also: Frost
  • (RP) IPA: /fɹɒst/
  • (America) IPA: /fɹɔst/
  • (cot-caught, Canada) IPA: /fɹɑst/


  1. A cover of minute ice crystals on objects that are exposed to the air. Frost is formed by the same process as dew, except that the temperature of the frosted object is below freezing.
  2. The cold weather that causes these ice crystals to form.
    • 1748. David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 47.
      It is more probable, in almost every country of Europe, that there will be frost sometime in January, than that the weather will continue open throughout that whole month;
  3. (figurative) Coldness or insensibility; severity or rigidity of character.
    • 1815 February 23, [Walter Scott], Guy Mannering; or, The Astrologer. [...] In Three Volumes, volume (please specify ), Edinburgh: Printed by James Ballantyne and Co. for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, […]; and Archibald Constable and Co., […], OCLC 742335644 ↗:
  4. (obsolete) The act of freezing; the congelation of water or other liquid.
  5. A shade of white, like that of frost.
  6. (slang, dated) A disappointment; a cheat.
Translations Translations Verb

frost (frosts, present participle frosting; past and past participle frosted)

  1. (transitive) To cover with frost.
  2. (intransitive) To become covered with frost.
  3. (transitive) To coat (something, e.g. a cake) with icing to resemble frost.
  4. (transitive) To anger or annoy.
    I think the boss's decision frosted him a bit.
  5. (transitive) To sharpen (the points of a horse's shoe) to prevent it from slipping on ice.
  • Italian: brinare
  • Portuguese: escarchar
  • Russian: обледене́ть
  • Spanish: escarchar (intr. impers.)
Translations Translations
  • Italian: gelare
  • Russian: вымора́живать

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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