hoarfrost [hawr-frawst, -frost, hohr-] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for hoarfrost on Thesaurus.com noun

  1. frost(def 2).

Origin of hoarfrost First recorded in 1250–1300, hoarfrost is from the Middle English word hor-frost. See hoar, frost Related Words for hoarfrost ice, freeze, hoarfrost, hoar, iciness, frigidity, drop, rime, blight, dip, wintriness Examples from the Web for hoarfrost Historical Examples of hoarfrost

  • He fancied there would be hoarfrost on the trees in the morning.

    A Michigan Man

    Elia W. Peattie

  • All the grass and ground vegetation was white with hoarfrost.

    In Pastures Green

    Peter McArthur

  • He prayed for frost, and hoarfrost settled that night on its branches.

    Curiosities of Christian History

    Croake James

  • “It is bright as hoarfrost on the slopes and tops there,” said Nod, pointing.

    The Three Mulla-mulgars

    Walter De La Mare

  • And he destroyed their vineyards with hail, and their mulberry trees with hoarfrost.

    The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version


  • British Dictionary definitions for hoarfrost hoarfrost noun

    1. a deposit of needle-like ice crystals formed on the ground by direct condensation at temperatures below freezing pointAlso called: white frost

    Word Origin and History for hoarfrost n.

    c.1300, hore-forst; see hoar + frost (n.).

    hoarfrost in Science hoarfrost [hôr′frôst′]

    1. Frozen dew that forms a white coating on a surface.

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