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Definition of cold adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (colder, coldest)
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    low temperature
  1. 1having a lower than usual temperature; having a temperature lower than the human body I'm cold. Turn the heat up. to feel/look cold cold hands and feet a cold room/house Isn't it cold today? It's freezing cold. to get/turn colder bitterly cold weather the coldest May on record
  2. food/drinks
  3. 2not heated; cooled after being cooked a cold drink Hot and cold food is available in the cafeteria. cold chicken for lunch
  4. unfriendly
  5. 3(of a person) without emotion; unfriendly to give someone a cold look/stare/welcome Her manner was cold and distant. He was staring at her with cold eyes.
  6. light/colors
  7. 4seeming to lack warmth, in an unpleasant way clear cold light cold gray skies
  8. route
  9. 5not easy to find The police followed the robbers to the airport but then the trail went cold.
  10. in games
  11. 6used in children's games to say that the person playing is not close to finding a person or thing, or to guessing the correct answer
  12. unconscious
  13. 7out cold [not before noun] (informal) unconscious He was knocked out cold in the second round.
  14. facts
  15. 8the cold facts/truth facts with nothing added to make them more interesting or pleasant see also coldly, coldness
  16. Thesauruscoldcool freezing chilly lukewarm tepidThese words all describe a person or thing that has a low temperature.cold having a temperature that is lower than usual or lower than the human body; (of food or drink) not heated; cooled after being cooked:I'm cold. Turn the heat up. It was bitterly cold outside. a cold wind hot and cold water I often have cold pizza for (often approving) fairly cold, especially in a pleasant way:a long cool drink We found a cool place to sit.freezing extremely cold; having a temperature below 32°F:It's absolutely freezing outside. I'm freezing!chilly (somewhat informal) too cold to be comfortable:Bring a coat. It might get chilly later.lukewarm (often disapproving) slightly warm, sometimes in an unpleasant way:Her coffee was now lukewarm.tepid (often disapproving) slightly warm, sometimes in an unpleasant way:a glass of tepid waterlukewarm or tepid?There is really no difference in meaning or use between these words.Patterns to feel/get cold/cool/chilly cold/cool/freezing/chilly air/weather a cold/cool/freezing/chilly wind cold/cool/freezing/lukewarm/tepid water a cold/cool/lukewarm/tepid shower/bath cold/lukewarm/tepid tea/coffee/food a cold/cool drink It's cold/chilly/freezing outside.Idioms
    blow hot and cold (about something) (informal)
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    to change your opinion about something often
    a cold fish
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    a person who seems unfriendly and without strong emotions
    get/have cold feet (informal)
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    to suddenly become nervous about doing something that you had planned to do He was going to ask her but he got cold feet and said nothing.
    give somebody the cold shoulder (informal)
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    to treat someone in an unfriendly way see also cold-shoulder
    go hot and cold
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    to experience a sudden feeling of fear or anxiety When the phone rang I just went hot and cold.
    in cold blood
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    acting in a way that is deliberately cruel; with no feeling for someone else's suffering to kill someone in cold blood
    in the cold light of day
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    when you have had time to think calmly about something; in the morning when things are clearer These things always look different in the cold light of day.
    leave somebody cold
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    to fail to affect or interest someone Most modern art leaves me cold.
    make somebody's blood run cold
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    to make someone very frightened or fill them with horror The sound of laughter in the empty house made my blood run cold.
    pour/throw cold water on something
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    to give reasons for not being in favor of something; to criticize something She immediately poured cold water on his plans to expand the business.
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