designating or pertaining to animals, as fishes and reptiles, whose blood temperature ranges from the freezing point upward, in accordance with the temperature of the surrounding medium; poikilothermic.
without emotion or feeling; dispassionate; cruel: a cold-blooded murder.
sensitive to cold.
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- cold-blood·ed·ly, adverb
- cold-blood·ed·ness, noun
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How to use cold-blooded in a sentence
But it lacked the one ingredient that has largely been absent from this World Cup: cold-blooded finishing in front of goal.
“Show business” was much more a haven for sentimentalists then, not for ironists like Letterman or cold-blooded comics like Leno.From Jack to Johnny to Jay: Saying Goodbye to ‘Tonight’ | Tom Shales | February 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
His sentencing is scheduled for this week—but who do you punish when a child becomes a cold-blooded killer?
She allows she does not rank Allaway among the most cold-blooded of killers.What Aurora Victims Might Face if James Holmes Pleaded Insane | Michael Daly | August 1, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
So Murdoch, cold-blooded and lizard-brained, knows he must preserve his own position while somehow ensuring a peaceful succession.
It wasn't any scruple of mercy, for Hicks was as cold-blooded a brute as ever glanced down a gun-barrel.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
How dare you decide in this cold-blooded way whether I am to be called—ah—Tosh—or—ah—Porker!First Plays | A. A. Milne
If all the world did not wag his way, so much the worse for cold-blooded mercenary superfluous beings.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
He had fired, remembering that cold-blooded slaughter at the Weedham Industries plant.
Good heavens, Odin thought, what a cold-blooded obituary for any race!Hunters Out of Space | Joseph Everidge Kelleam
British Dictionary definitions for cold-blooded
having or showing a lack of feeling or pity: a cold-blooded killing
informal particularly sensitive to cold
(of all animals except birds and mammals) having a body temperature that varies with that of the surroundings: Technical term: poikilothermic
- cold-bloodedly, adverb
- cold-bloodedness, noun
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Scientific definitions for cold-blooded
Having a body temperature that changes according to the temperature of the surroundings. Fish, amphibians, and reptiles are cold-blooded.
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