English Edit

Etymology Edit

From Middle English frozen, frosen, ifrozen, variant of froren, ifroren ("frozen"; > see frorn), past participle of Middle English fresen, freosen (to freeze). Synchronically, freeze +‎ -n.

Pronunciation Edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈfɹəʊzən/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -əʊzən

Adjective Edit

frozen (comparative more frozen, superlative most frozen)

  1. Having undergone the process of freezing; in ice form.
    The mammoth has been frozen for ten thousand years.
    • 2013 July 26, Nick Miroff, “Mexico gets a taste for eating insects …”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 7, page 32:
      The San Juan market is Mexico City's most famous deli of exotic meats, where an adventurous shopper can hunt down hard-to-find critters … But the priciest items in the market aren't the armadillo steaks or even the bluefin tuna. That would be the frozen chicatanas – giant winged ants – at around $500 a kilo.
  2. Immobilized.
    I just stood frozen as the robber pointed at me with his gun.
  3. (of a bank account or assets) In a state such that transactions are not allowed.
  4. (grammar) Retaining an older, obsolete syntax of an earlier version of a language, which now operates only on a specific word or phrase.
    "Dice" is a frozen plural.

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Verb Edit


  1. past participle of freeze
    The mammoth was frozen shortly after death.