Definition of cold adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kəʊld//
    ; NAmE NAmE//koʊld//
    (colder, coldest) Other geographic regions, Describing geographic regions
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    low temperature
  1. 1  having a lower than usual temperature; having a temperature lower than the human body I'm cold. Turn the heating up. to feel/look cold cold hands and feet a cold room/house hot and cold water in every room Isn't it cold today? It's freezing cold. to get/turn colder bitterly cold weather the coldest May on record (British English) The water has gone cold. See related entries: Other geographic regions
  2. food/drink
  3. 2  not heated; cooled after being cooked a cold drink Hot and cold food is available in the cafeteria. cold chicken for lunch Synonymscoldcool freezing chilly lukewarm tepidThese words all describe somebody/​something 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 heating up. Outside it was bitterly cold. a cold wind hot and cold water It’s cold chicken for lunch.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 0° Celsius:It’s absolutely freezing outside. I’m freezing!chilly (rather informal) too cold to be comfortable:Bring a coat. It might turn 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 jug 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. See related entries: Describing geographic regions
  4. unfriendly
  5. 3  (of a person) without emotion; unfriendly to give somebody a cold look/stare/welcome Her manner was cold and distant. He was staring at her with cold eyes.
  6. light/colours
  7. 4  seeming to lack warmth, in an unpleasant way clear cold light cold grey 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. Word OriginOld English cald, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch koud and German kalt, also to Latin gelu ‘frost’.Extra examples Bake in the oven for twenty minutes. Serve hot or cold. I found him a rather cold person. I’m afraid the coffee’s gone cold. In January it turned very cold. It’s bitterly cold outside. She was very cold towards me. The rain overnight had made the water cold. The room grew cold. The sight of him standing there made her blood go cold. There was a freezing cold wind. This soup is stone cold! Use ice to keep the drinks cold. Your dinner’s getting cold. an ice-cold beer A cold snap caused problems for drivers. Every room has hot and cold water. He was portrayed as a cold, calculating terrorist. He was staring at her with cold eyes. Her manner was cold and distant. I’m cold. Turn the heating up. It grew colder as the evening came. It was the coldest winter on record. It’s cold chicken for lunch. She gave David a cold look of disapproval. The stream was icy cold.Idioms
    blow hot and cold (about something)
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    (informal) to change your opinion about something often
    a person who seems unfriendly and without strong emotions (informal) 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. See related entries: Nervous
    give somebody the cold shoulder
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    (informal) to treat somebody in an unfriendly way see also cold-shoulder
    to experience a sudden feeling of fear or anxiety When the phone rang I just went hot and cold. See related entries: Fear acting in a way that is deliberately cruel; with no pity to kill somebody 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.
    to fail to affect or interest somebody Most modern art leaves me cold.
    make somebody’s blood run cold
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    to make somebody very frightened or fill them with horror The sound of laughter in the empty house made my blood run cold. See related entries: Fear
    pour/throw cold water on something
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    to give reasons for not being in favour of something; to criticize something She immediately poured cold water on his plans to expand the business.
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