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[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
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  • gelid, who during all the tumult had slept soundly, was now awake.

    Hair Breadth Escapes T. S. Arthur
  • gelid said nothing, but when it came to the pinch was the most useful of all.

    Hair Breadth Escapes T. S. Arthur
  • I went down into the cabin and sat down to breakfast with gelid and Wagtail.

    Hair Breadth Escapes T. S. Arthur
  • gelid said nothing, but he was in the end the best surgeon's mate amongst them.

    Tom Cringle's Log Michael Scott
  • Even as she talked she swiveled the drum around, kicked the easy-off plug, and began dumping the gelid contents into the hole.

    Deathworld Harry Harrison
  • The thin screaming came again, like a hot wire drawn down the gelid morning.

    The Jewels of Aptor Samuel R. Delany
  • 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
  • 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
  • Wagtail, too, was soon 98 obliged to beat a retreat, but gelid remained firm as a rock.

    Hair Breadth Escapes T. S. Arthur
  • Wagtail and gelid had followed me on deck, and were now assisting their servants in putting the muskets in order.

    Hair Breadth Escapes T. S. Arthur
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
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Word Origin and History for gelid

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

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