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Icy (2)

adjective; derivation
used to describe something that is cool or nice
 
the word icy, has the root ice with an addition –y suffix. Ice is the solid form of water, produced by freezing, and –y is a native English suffix making the word characterized by ice. The term icy is originally used to describe something made of, full of, or covered with ice. However, hip hop used the term as a metaphor to describe something cool. The relationship is that ice is cold, which is synonymous with cool. However, icy does not mean the temperature is cool, but instead the metaphorical meaning of icy is something that is socially adept.
Etymology : before 900; Old English isig, Modern use is said to be a late Middle English re-formation.
Source : “I'm icy, I'm icy, I'm icy, I'm icy, I'm icy, I'm icy, I'm icy, I'm icy” -opening lyrics of Gucci Mane lyrics “Icy”
Last modified: 6 December 2016


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