frost

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English[edit]

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Frost on a leaf and grass.
Close-up look at frost crystals.

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English frost, from Old English frost (frost), from Proto-Germanic *frustaz (frost), from Proto-Indo-European *prews- (to freeze; frost). Cognate with West Frisian froast (frost), Dutch vorst (frost), German Frost (frost), Swedish frost (frost), Icelandic frost (frost), Latin pruīna (hoarfrost, frost, rime, snow). Related to freeze.

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Noun[edit]

frost (countable and uncountable, plural frosts)

  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.
    • 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;
  2. The cold weather that causes these ice crystals to form.
  3. (figuratively) Coldness or insensibility; severity or rigidity of character.
    • Sir Walter Scott
      It was one of those moments of intense feeling when the frost of the Scottish people melts like a snow-wreath.
  4. (obsolete) The act of freezing; the congelation of water or other liquid.

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Verb[edit]

frost (third-person singular simple present frosts, present participle frosting, simple past and past participle frosted)

  1. To get covered with frost.
  2. To coat something (eg a cake) with white icing to resemble frost.
  3. To anger or annoy.
    I think the boss's decision frosted him, a bit.

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Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse frost.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /frɔst/, [fʁ̥ʌsd̥]

Noun[edit]

frost c (singular definite frosten, not used in plural form)

  1. frost

Icelandic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse frost.

Noun[edit]

frost n (genitive singular frosts, nominative plural frost)

  1. frost

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Norwegian Wikipedia has an article on:

Wikipedia no

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse frost.

Noun[edit]

frost m (definite singular frosten)

  1. frost

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse frost

Noun[edit]

frost m (definite singular frosten)

  1. frost

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Old English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *frustą, *frustaz, akin to Old High German frost, Old Norse frost.

Noun[edit]

frost m

  1. frost

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Old High German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *frustą, *frustaz, akin to Old English frost, Old Norse frost.

Noun[edit]

frost m

  1. frost

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Old Norse[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *frustą, *frustaz, akin to Old English frost, Old High German frost.

Noun[edit]

frost n

  1. frost

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Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse frost.

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frost c

  1. frost

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