adjective, cold·er, cold·est.
- having cool colors, especially muted tones tending toward grayish blue.
- being a cool color.
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What is a basic definition of cold?
Cold is an adjective that describes something that lacks heat or has a low temperature. Cold also describes someone as being unemotional or detached. As a noun, cold often refers to a respiratory illness that involves sneezing and congestion. The word cold has many other senses as an adjective, noun, and adverb.
If something is cold, it lacks heat or has a low temperature. For example, cold water would have a temperature that approaches 0 degrees Celsius or Fahrenheit. A cold steak is one that hasn’t been cooked (heated) or one that has just emerged from a freezer. Cold is the opposite of hot.
In a related sense, the word cold is used to describe the feeling you have when you lack heat or are exposed to freezing conditions that remove heat from you. This feeling often involves involuntary behavior such as shivering, getting goosebumps, teeth chattering, or skin turning blue.
- Real-life examples: Ice cubes, snow, and the North Pole are examples of things that are cold. Sticking your hand into a bucket of ice water will make you feel really cold. In the Northern Hemisphere, the winter months of December, January, and February are when the weather and air get really cold.
- Used in a sentence:
- I put on a jacket and gloves because it was really cold outside.
- He turned up the thermostat after his mother said she was cold.
Related to this sense, cold can mean a lack of heat or cold weather (usually in the form of “the cold”).
- Used in a sentence: I couldn’t handle the extreme cold of the lake.
The word cold can also describe someone as being aloof, unemotional, or unwelcoming. This sense of cold is often used negatively to accuse a person of being cruel, uncaring, merciless, or lacking empathy.
- Used in a sentence: He was a cold man who rarely ever smiled.
As a noun, cold is frequently used to mean a respiratory illness that involves sneezing and congestion, often referred to as “a common cold.” When used in this sense, a person is said to have “a cold” rather than “the cold.” Colds are rarely serious. They usually involve several days of congestion in your nose or lungs, a runny nose, coughing, sneezing, or similar, minor respiratory problems.
- Used in a sentence: Jade was sneezing all day at work today because she had a cold.
Where does cold come from?
The first records of cold come from before the 950s. It ultimately comes from the Old English ceald and is related to the Old Norse kaldr, the Gothic kalds, and the Old High German kalt.
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What are some other forms related to cold?
- coldish (adjective)
- coldly (adverb)
- coldness (noun)
- overcold (adjective)
- overcoldly (adverb)
What are some synonyms for cold?
What are some words that share a root or word element with cold?
What are some words that often get used in discussing cold?
How is cold used in real life?
Cold is a very common word that most often describes something as lacking heat.
This winter everything is too cold… the hands, the feet and the hearts 🥶💙
— Mariam Ayub (@i_m_mariam) December 28, 2020
It's so cold out that while we were walking the dogs, I could feel the fluids in my eyeballs freeze.
Perfect weather! XD
— KrimsonRogue (@KrimsonRogue) December 26, 2020
Really cold right now so probably won't get around to painting today because I'm hudled up in blankets 🥶
— Meg (@AuroraBoreowlis) December 27, 2020
Try using cold!
Which of the following items is most likely to be described as being cold?
A. an ice cube
B. the Sun
D. an erupting volcano
Example sentences from the Web for cold
It’s the kind of place where the waiter prepares things tableside, like mixing a Manhattan so cold a layer of ice floats on its surface, or tossing a Caesar salad with silver tongs.We’re all fantasizing about post-covid dining now: “I just want someone to spill a beer on me”|Emily Heil|February 12, 2021|Washington Post
For past initiatives, like his $2 billion homelessness directive, members of Bezos’s team cold-called people they knew to figure out who to donate to, instead of opening up a public channel.Can Billionaires Really Save Us from Climate Disaster?|Heather Hansman|February 12, 2021|Outside Online
I use it every morning to loosen up my back, and if it’s too cold to run, I’ll go through a stretching routine or an online yoga session instead.5 Pieces of Gear That Help Me Stay Active During Winter|Jakob Schiller|February 11, 2021|Outside Online
A cooler on the porch may be necessary to store meats and cold items.Hints From Heloise: Grocery delivery has its pros and cons|Heloise Heloise|February 11, 2021|Washington Post
It’s incredible how much comfort a nongreasy SPF moisturizer adds to your exposed skin on a cold ski day.
This is comedy based on a cold humor, detached, euphemistic, devoid of any generosity.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President|Pierre Assouline|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
We indulge in expensive cold-pressed juices and SoulCycle classes, justifying these purchases as investments in our health.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze|Lizzie Crocker|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Cold War fears could be manipulated through misleading art to attract readers to daunting material.
The vaccine is delivered through a “carrier virus” that causes a common cold in chimpanzees but does not affect humans.
Accusing his opponents of being locked in a Cold War mind-set, it is Stone who is beholden to old orthodoxies.
Madame de Condillac stood watching him, her face composed, her glance cold.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
Being quieted by the Captain with a draught of cold tea, and made to sit down, the examination of the book proceeded.The Giant of the North|R.M. Ballantyne
When alone she sometimes picked it up and kissed the cold glass passionately.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
Such throats are trying, are they not?In case one catches cold; Ah, yes!
Turn we our backs to the cold gloomy north, to the wet windy west, to the dry parching east—on to the south!
British Dictionary definitions for cold
Derived forms of coldcoldish, adjectivecoldly, adverbcoldness, noun
Word Origin for cold
Medical definitions for cold
Idioms and Phrases with cold
In addition to the idioms beginning with cold
- cold cash
- cold comfort
- cold feet, get
- cold fish
- cold hands, warm heart
- cold shoulder
- cold shower
- cold snap
- cold storage
- cold sweat
- cold turkey
- blow hot and cold
- catch cold
- come in from the cold
- in a cold sweat
- in cold blood
- in cold storage
- in the cold light of day
- knock out (cold)
- leave one cold
- make one's blood run cold
- out cold
- out in the cold
- pour cold water on
- stone cold
- stop cold