Part of speech: noun
Origin: Middle English, 13th century
Frost that forms from dew
Frost that occurs in freezers with high humidity
Examples of Hoarfrost in a sentence
"On cold mornings, the hoarfrost coats everything in a sheen of ice crystals."
"His job was to thaw out the walk-in freezer when it was filled with hoarfrost."
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"Hoarfrost" basically just means frost, but it can specifically refer to the light covering of white that forms when dew freezes. Hoarfrost occurs in any situation where there’s excess moisture that quickly freezes.
Did you Know?
The word "hoar" comes from a Middle English term that means gray or old. The inspiration came from trees and bushes covered in frost that looks like white hair.