- a person who is very reserved or aloof in manner or who lacks normal cordiality, sympathy, or other feeling.
Origin of cold fish
Examples from the Web for cold fish
That would have been where cold-fish Balmordan hadn't been able to make it against his mind-blocks finally.Legacy
James H Schmitz
- an unemotional and unfriendly person
Idioms and Phrases with cold fish
A hard-hearted, unfeeling individual, one who shows no emotion, as in Not even the eulogy moved him; he's a real cold fish. This expression was used by Shakespeare in The Winter's Tale (4:4): “It was thought she was a woman, and was turn'd into a cold fish.” However, it came into wider use only in the first half of the 1900s.