Etymology
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icy (adj.)

Old English isig; see ice (n.) + -y (2). Modern use is said to be a late Middle English re-formation. Figurative sense "characterized by coldness or chill, frigid" (of manners, expressions, etc.) is from 1590s. Similar formation in Dutch ijzig, German eisig, Swedish isig. Related: Icily; iciness.

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Definitions of icy

icy (adj.)
devoid of warmth and cordiality; expressive of unfriendliness or disdain;
icy stare
Synonyms: frigid / frosty / frozen / glacial / wintry
icy (adj.)
extremely cold;
icy hands
Synonyms: arctic / frigid / gelid / glacial / polar
icy (adj.)
covered with or containing or consisting of ice;
icy northern waters
icy (adj.)
shiny and slick as with a thin coating of ice;
roads and trees glazed with an icy film
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