icily

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From icy +‎ -ly.

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icily (comparative more icily, superlative most icily)

  1. In the manner of ice; with a cold or chilling effect.
    • 1971, Alan Sillitoe, Travels in Nihilon, page 76
      The cold Alpine air flowed icily into his car, so he stopped by the roadside to put on a leather trench-coat, thick scarf, and woollen hat []
  2. (figuratively) In an uncaring manner.
    • 1943, M. F. K. Fisher, "To Feed Such Hunger", The Gastronomical Me
      [] quite often her husband and Jo did not eat at home, or sat icily silent through a meal.

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