Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[jel-id] /ˈdʒɛl ɪd/
very cold; icy.
Origin of gelid
1600-10; < Latin gelidus icy cold, equivalent to gel(um) frost, cold + -idus -id4
Related forms
[juh-lid-i-tee] /dʒəˈlɪd ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
gelidness, noun
gelidly, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for gelid
Historical Examples
  • gelid said nothing, but he was in the end the best surgeon's mate amongst them.

    Tom Cringle's Log Michael Scott
  • gelid said nothing, but when it came to the pinch was the most useful of all.

    Hair Breadth Escapes T. S. Arthur
  • And the gelid air sweeping 108 down from the high places submerged him as if with a flood of icy water.

    The Forester's Daughter Hamlin Garland
  • I went down into the cabin and sat down to breakfast with gelid and Wagtail.

    Hair Breadth Escapes T. S. Arthur
  • gelid, who during all the tumult had slept soundly, was now awake.

    Hair Breadth Escapes T. S. Arthur
  • The thin screaming came again, like a hot wire drawn down the gelid morning.

    The Jewels of Aptor Samuel R. Delany
  • Wagtail and gelid had followed me on deck, and were now busy with their black servants inspecting the muskets.

    Tom Cringle's Log Michael Scott
  • Wagtail, too, was soon 98 obliged to beat a retreat, but gelid remained firm as a rock.

    Hair Breadth Escapes T. S. Arthur
  • She seemed to be unable to tear herself away from the sight of the austere Aniene, with its gelid waters.

    The conquest of Rome Matilde Serao
  • Under a grey sky, glooming to purple, the gelid water writhed nakedly.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
British Dictionary definitions for gelid


very cold, icy, or frosty
Derived Forms
gelidity, gelidness, noun
gelidly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin gelidus icy cold, from gelu frost
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for gelid

c.1600, from Latin gelidus "icy cold," from gelum "frost, intense cold" (see cold (adj.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for gelid

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for gelid

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for gelid