- 1[intransitive] thaw (out) (of ice and snow) to turn back into water after being frozen synonym melt The country was slowly thawing out after the long cold winter. opposite freeze Wordfinderavalanche, blizzard, drift, flurry, hail, icicle, sleet, slush, snow, thaw
- 2[intransitive] when it thaws or is thawing, the weather becomes warm enough to melt snow and ice It's starting to thaw. See related entries: Snow and ice
- 3[intransitive, transitive] thaw (something) (out) to become, or to let frozen food become, soft or liquid ready for cooking compare defrost, de-ice, unfreeze Leave the meat to thaw completely before cooking.
- 4[intransitive, transitive] thaw (something) (out) to become, or make something become, a normal temperature after being very cold I could feel my ears and toes start to thaw out.
- 5[intransitive] thaw (out) to become more friendly and less formal Relations between the two countries thawed a little after the talks. The atmosphere slowly began to thaw. Word Origin Old English thawian (verb), of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch dooien. The noun (first recorded in Middle English) developed its figurative use in the mid 19th cent.Extra examples Has the meat thawed out yet? Make sure the meat has thawed completely before cooking. The old nun was as imperious as ever, but visibly thawed when she saw the children. I’ll take a quiche out of the freezer and thaw it out in the microwave. If a pipe has frozen, it can be thawed out with a hairdryer. If frozen food has thawed out it should never be refrozen. It’s starting to thaw. The snow started to thaw as the temperature kept up.
BrE BrE//θɔː//; NAmE NAmE//θɔː//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they thaw
BrE BrE//θɔː//; NAmE NAmE//θɔː//he / she / it thaws
BrE BrE//θɔːz//; NAmE NAmE//θɔːz//past simple thawed
BrE BrE//θɔːd//; NAmE NAmE//θɔːd//past participle thawed
BrE BrE//θɔːd//; NAmE NAmE//θɔːd//-ing form thawing
BrE BrE//ˈθɔːɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈθɔːɪŋ//Snow and ice