Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

thaw - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

verb thaw pronunciation in American English /θɔ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlethawing
past tensethawed
past participlethawed

Related words

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. 1



    thaw out

    [intransitive/transitive] if ice or snow thaws, or if something thaws it, it becomes warmer and changes into liquid
    Thawing sea ice in the Arctic can trigger climate change.
    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] if the weather thaws, it becomes warmer and causes ice or snow to change into liquid
      It has finally started to thaw.
  2. 2
    [intransitive] to become more friendly
    Stefan began to thaw a little after he felt more comfortable with the situation.
  3. 3



    thaw out

    [intransitive/transitive] if frozen food thaws, or if you thaw it, it becomes softer and ready to cook
    Take the ice cream out of the freezer now so it’ll be thawed out in time for dinner.
    The leaflet tells you all about storing and thawing frozen food.
  4. 4



    thaw out

    [intransitive] if someones body or a part of it thaws, it becomes warmer after being very cold
    My fingers are beginning to thaw out now.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day


a stupid person

Open Dictionary


an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog