- ( UK ) IPA: /kəʊld/, X-SAMPA: /k@Uld/
- ( US ) enPR: kōld, IPA: /koʊld/, X-SAMPA: /koUld/
- Rhymes: -əʊld
- ( of a thing ) Having a low temperature .
- ( of the weather ) Causing the air to be cold .
- ( of a person or animal ) Feeling the sensation of coldness, especially to the point of discomfort .
- Unfriendly, emotionally distant or unfeeling .
- She shot me a cold glance before turning her back .
- We told him that his father had died. He answered, “Okay.” Man, that's cold!
- 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter VII:
- “Suppose someone pops in?” “Don't be silly. Mrs Cream is working on her book. Phyllis is in her room, typing Upjohn's speech. Wilbert's gone for a walk. Upjohn isn't here. The only character who could pop in would be the Brinkley Court ghost. If it does, give it a cold look and walk through it. That'll teach it not to come butting in where it isn't wanted, ha ha.”
- Dispassionate, not prejudiced or partisan, impartial .
- Completely unprepared; without introduction .
- Unconscious or deeply asleep; deprived of the metaphorical heat associated with life or consciousness .
- ( usually with "have" or "know" transitively ) Perfectly, exactly, completely; by heart .
- ( usually with "have" transitively ) Cornered, done for .
- With that receipt, we have them cold for fraud .
- Criminal interrogation. Initially they will dream up explanations faster than you could ever do so, but when they become fatigued, often they will acknowledge that you have them cold .
- 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter XIX:
- “Either Upjohn agrees to drop that libel suit or he doesn't get these notes, as he calls them, and without them he won't be able to utter a word. He'll have to come across with the price of the papers. Won't he, Jeeves?” “He would appear to have no alternative, miss.” “Unless he wants to get up on that platform and stand there opening and shutting his mouth like a goldfish. We've got him cold.”
- ( of a thing, having a low temperature ): chilled, chilly, freezing, frigid, glacial, icy, cool
- ( of the weather ): ( UK, slang ) brass monkeys, nippy, parky, taters
- ( of a person or animal ):
- ( unfriendly ): aloof, distant, hostile, standoffish, unfriendly, unwelcoming
- ( unprepared ): unprepared, unready
- See also Wikisaurus:cold
- ( having a low temperature ): baking, boiling, heated, hot, scorching, searing, torrid, warm
- ( of the weather ): hot ( See the corresponding synonyms of hot. )
- ( of a person or animal ): hot ( See the corresponding synonyms of hot. )
- ( unfriendly ): amiable, friendly, welcoming
- ( unprepared ): prepared, primed, ready
- as cold as ice, cold as ice
- as cold as the grave, cold as the grave
- blow hot and cold
- bring someone out in a cold sweat
- cold call
- cold comfort
- cold cream
- cold cuts
- cold feet/get cold feet
- cold fish
- cold front
- cold hands, warm heart
- cold heart, warm hands
- cold one
- cold reading
- cold snap
- cold start
- cold storage
- cold store
- cold turkey
- cold war
Old English cald, the Anglian form of West Saxon ċeald, from Proto-Germanic *kaldaz, a participle form of *kal- ( “cold” ). Cognate with West Frisian kâld, Dutch koud, German kalt, Swedish kall, Danish kold and Bokmål kald .
cold ( plural: colds )
Explanation of cold by Wordnet Dictionary
of a seeker
- a cold climate
- a cold room
- dinner has gotten cold
- cold fingers
- if you are cold, turn up the heat
- a cold beer
- a cold unfriendly nod
- a cold and unaffectionate person
- a cold impersonal manner
- cold logic
- the concert left me cold
- in cold blood
- cold-blooded killing
- Cold ( kōld ), a. [Compar. Colder ( -ẽr ); superl. Coldest.] [OE. cold, cald, AS. cald, ceald; akin to OS. kald, D. koud, G. kalt, Icel. kaldr, Dan. kold, Sw. kall, Goth. kalds, L. gelu frost, gelare to freeze. Orig. p. p. of AS. calan to be cold, Icel. kala to freeze. Cf. Cool, a., Chill, n.]
1. Deprived of heat, or having a low temperature; not warm or hot; gelid; frigid. “The snowy top of cold Olympis.” Milton.
2. Lacking the sensation of warmth; suffering from the absence of heat; chilly; shivering; as, “to be cold”.
3. Not pungent or acrid. “Cold plants.” Bacon
4. Wanting in ardor, intensity, warmth, zeal, or passion; spiritless; unconcerned; reserved.
A cold and unconcerned spectator. T. Burnet.
No cold relation is a zealous citizen. Burke.
5. Unwelcome; disagreeable; unsatisfactory. “Cold news for me.” “Cold comfort.” Shak.
6. Wanting in power to excite; dull; uninteresting.
What a deal of cold business doth a man misspend the better part of life in! B. Jonson.
The jest grows cold . . . when in comes on in a second scene. Addison.
7. Affecting the sense of smell ( as of hunting dogs ) but feebly; having lost its odor; as, “a cold scent”.
8. Not sensitive; not acute.
Smell this business with a sense as cold
As is a dead man's nose. Shak.
9. Distant; -- said, in the game of hunting for some object, of a seeker remote from the thing concealed.
10. ( Paint. ) Having a bluish effect. Cf. Warm, 8.
Cold abscess. See under Abscess. -- Cold blast See under Blast, n., 2. -- Cold blood. See under Blood, n., 8. -- Cold chill, an ague fit. Wright. -- Cold chisel, a chisel of peculiar strength and hardness, for cutting cold metal. Weale. -- Cold cream. See under Cream. -- Cold slaw. See Cole slaw. -- In cold blood, without excitement or passion; deliberately.
He was slain in cold blood after the fight was over. Sir W. Scott.
To give one the cold shoulder, to treat one with neglect.
Syn. -- Gelid; bleak; frigid; chill; indifferent; unconcerned; passionless; reserved; unfeeling; stoical.
- Cold, n.
1. The relative absence of heat or warmth.
2. The sensation produced by the escape of heat; chilliness or chillness.
When she saw her lord prepared to part,
A deadly cold ran shivering to her heart. Dryden.
3. ( Med. ) A morbid state of the animal system produced by exposure to cold or dampness; a catarrh.
Cold sore ( Med. ), a vesicular eruption appearing about the mouth as the result of a cold, or in the course of any disease attended with fever. -- To leave one out in the cold, to overlook or neglect him. [Colloq.]
- Cold, v. i. To become cold. [Obs.] Chaucer.
Definition of cold by GCIDE Dictionary