I i


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ahy-see]
    • /ˈaɪ si/
    • /ˈaɪ.si/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ahy-see]
    • /ˈaɪ si/

Definitions of icy word

  • adjective icy made of, full of, or covered with ice: icy roads. 1
  • adjective icy resembling ice. 1
  • adjective icy cold: icy winds. 1
  • adjective icy without warmth of feeling; coldly unfriendly; frigid: an icy stare. 1
  • noun icy Covered with or consisting of ice. 1
  • adjective icy surface: covered with ice 1

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Origin of icy

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English isy, Old English īsig. See ice, -y1

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Icy


icy popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 88% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

icy usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for icy

adj icy

  • polar — of or relating to the North or South Pole.
  • raw — uncooked, as articles of food: a raw carrot.
  • freezing — (of temperatures) approaching, at, or below the freezing point.
  • chilly — Something that is chilly is unpleasantly cold.
  • frigid — very cold in temperature: a frigid climate.

adjective icy

  • ice-cold — cold as ice: Her feet were ice-cold.
  • subzero — indicating or recording lower than zero on some scale, especially on the Fahrenheit scale: a week of sub-zero temperatures.
  • wintry — of or characteristic of winter: wintry blasts; wintry skies.
  • algific — Producing cold; covered in ice.
  • aloof — Someone who is aloof is not very friendly and does not like to spend time with other people.

Antonyms for icy

adj icy

  • tropical — pertaining to, characteristic of, occurring in, or inhabiting the tropics, especially the humid tropics: tropical flowers.
  • friendly — characteristic of or befitting a friend; showing friendship: a friendly greeting.
  • responsive — responding especially readily and sympathetically to appeals, efforts, influences, etc.: a responsive government.
  • amicable — When people have an amicable relationship, they are pleasant to each other and solve their problems without quarrelling.
  • watery — pertaining to or connected with water: watery Neptune.

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