- 1 having 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 food/drinks
- 2not heated; cooled after being cooked a cold drink Hot and cold food is available in the cafeteria. cold chicken for lunch unfriendly
- 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. light/colors
- 4seeming to lack warmth, in an unpleasant way clear cold light cold gray skies route
- 5not easy to find The police followed the robbers to the airport but then the trail went cold. in games
- 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 unconscious
- 7out cold [not before noun] (informal) unconscious He was knocked out cold in the second round. facts
- 8the cold facts/truth facts with nothing added to make them more interesting or pleasant see also coldly, coldness 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 breakfast.cool (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
adjectivejump to other results
to change your opinion about something often
blow hot and cold (about something) (informal)jump to other results
a person who seems unfriendly and without strong emotions
a cold fishjump to other results
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.
get/have cold feet (informal)jump to other results
to treat someone in an unfriendly way see also cold-shoulder
give somebody the cold shoulder (informal)jump to other results
to experience a sudden feeling of fear or anxiety When the phone rang I just went hot and cold.
go hot and coldjump to other results
acting in a way that is deliberately cruel; with no feeling for someone else's suffering to kill someone in cold blood
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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.
in the cold light of dayjump to other results
to fail to affect or interest someone Most modern art leaves me cold.
leave somebody coldjump to other results
to make someone very frightened or fill them with horror The sound of laughter in the empty house made my blood run cold.
make somebody's blood run coldjump to other results
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.
pour/throw cold water on somethingjump to other results