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Icy \I"cy\, a. [Compar. Icier; superl. Iciest.] [AS.

  1. Pertaining to, resembling, or abounding in, ice; cold; frosty. ``Icy chains.''
    --Shak. ``Icy region.''
    --Boyle. ``Icy seas.''

  2. Characterized by coldness, as of manner, influence, etc.; chilling; frigid; cold.

    Icy was the deportment with which Philip received these demonstrations of affection.


a. (en-comparative of: icy)


See icy

  1. adj. devoid of warmth and cordiality; expressive of unfriendliness or disdain; "a frigid greeting"; "got a frosty reception"; "a frozen look on their faces"; "a glacial handshake"; "icy stare"; "wintry smile" [syn: frigid, frosty, frozen, glacial, wintry]

  2. extremely cold; "an arctic climate"; "a frigid day"; "gelid waters of the North Atlantic"; "glacial winds"; "icy hands"; "polar weather" [syn: arctic, frigid, gelid, glacial, polar]

  3. covered with or containing or consisting of ice; "icy northern waters"

  4. shiny and slick as with a thin coating of ice; "roads and trees glazed with an icy film"

  5. [also: iciest, icier]

Usage examples of "icier".

The breeze here came fresher, icier, and they rolled slightly in long, gentle swells.

If I had asked the Reverend Ian Paisley to pray for the Pope, I couldn't have invited an icier gaze of disapproval than Sam gave me as he said,' You're defending her ?

A chill east wind was blowing, hinting of icier blasts, but the sky was clear and the morning sun just above the ridge, bright, in contrast to the somber mood.

Her flop sweat had become an even icier perspiration than any she had known in failure on a stage, and instead of a mere dread of humiliation, she had been seized by the fear that she might be losing her mind.