Green’s Dictionary of Slang

frost v.


1. to treat in a distant manner.

[US]Ade Artie (1963) 42: The guy you was goin’ to frost. Have you wrote to him?
[US]W. Irwin Love Sonnets of a Hoodlum II n.p.: On the deal level I am sore of heart, For nifty Mame has frosted me complete.
[US]S. Ford Shorty McCabe on the Job 261: She was fixin’ to frost him at the start.
N. Mailer letter 10 May in Selected Letters (2014) 74: David O. Selznick seems to be frosting us, we can frost him back for awhile.

2. to anger; to cause coolness in relations.

[US]Ade Artie (1963) 85: Rutherford Hayes Blanchard—wouldn’t that name frost you?
[US](con. 1950) E. Frankel Band of Brothers 3: What frosts me is, we already got the best skipper in the division [...] and they gotta send us a pogue to put over him.
[US]Current Sl. V:4 12: Frost, v. To anger.
[US]R. Campbell Alice in La-La Land (1999) 161: What was frosting her ass was the fact that he was queering her pitch.
[US]D. Burke Street Talk 2 37: Yeah, she could really bust a move [...] every time I tried jaw jackin’ with Miss Thang, she got so frosted that I fin’lly jus’ folded.

3. (US campus) to shock; esp. in phr. wouldn’t that frost you.

[US]H. Blossom Checkers 146: He expressed a desire to be ‘good and damned if that ride would n’t frost a cigar-sign Indian.’.
[US]C. M’Govern By Bolo and Krag 183: A fresh rube non-com butts in and corals the whole herd of skirts [...] Wouldn’t that frost you for a minute?
[US]Van Loan ‘The Spotted Sheep’ in Taking the Count 119: ‘Well, wouldnt that frost you?’ he murmured. ‘Wouldn’t that frost you?’.
[US](con. early 1950s) J. Peacock Valhalla 268: Wouldn’t that frost their balls, he thought, when he didn’t show up till they got back?
in T. Weaver Return of the B 8: It was the kind of derogatory way that he said it — I don’t know whether he meant it or not, but that frosted me a little bit.

4. (US) to avoid, to overcome.

[US](con. 1962) J. Ellroy Enchanters 100: I could take it all the way and frost a homicide beef.