adjective, cold·er, cold·est.
- having cool colors, especially muted tones tending toward grayish blue.
- being a cool color.
Origin of cold
Synonyms for cold
Antonyms for cold
Related Words for colderwintry, crisp, snowy, frozen, brisk, raw, icy, frosty, cool, bitter, intense, bleak, frigid, chilled, lukewarm, distant, inhospitable, snow, chill, arctic
Examples from the Web for colder
Contemporary Examples of colder
I viewed the Zooey character as the colder one, and more culpable.Marc Webb Takes Us Inside ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ and Discusses His Rise to the A-List
March 15, 2014
In December 2013, North America was colder than average, but Russia and most of Europe were far hotter.
The colds get colder, the hots get hotter, and the hurricanes get more destructive.
In colder climates, melting arctic plates has forced polar bears to abandon their ice floes for dry land hunting.How Climate Change Is Causing Chaos in the Animal Kingdom
January 23, 2014
“Our relationship with the U.S. has been growing colder and colder,” said the Duma deputy, Robert Schlegel.Cold Shoulder for Obama
September 4, 2013
Historical Examples of colder
But all the while, the days grew shorter and the nights were colder than they ought to have been.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
Remembering the letter, she corrected her expression to colder lines.Quaint Courtships
Old Mr. Elmour's manner was also more distant, and Ellen's colder.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
The letter could not well be shorter, nor, all things considered, colder.Night and Morning, Complete
It had rained incessantly for days, growing ever colder and colder as it rained.The Village Watch-Tower
(AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
Word Origin for cold
Old English cald (Anglian), ceald (West Saxon) "cold, cool" (adj.), "coldness," from Proto-Germanic *kaldaz (cf. Old Frisian and Old Saxon kald, Old High German and German kalt, Old Norse kaldr, Gothic kalds "cold"), possibly a past participle adjective of *kal-/*kol-, from PIE root *gel-/*gol- "cold" (cf. Latin gelare "to freeze," gelu "frost," glacies "ice").
Meaning "not strong" (in reference to scent) is 1590s, from hunting. Cold front in weather is from 1921. Cold-call in the sales pitch sense first recorded 1972. Japanese has two words for "cold:" samui for coldness in the atmosphere or environment; tsumetai for things which are cold to touch, and also in the figurative sense, with reference to personalities, behaviors, etc.
c.1300, "coldness," from cold (adj.). Sense in common cold is 1530s, from symptoms resembling those of exposure to cold; cf. earlier senses "indisposition caused by exposure to cold" (early 14c.); "discomfort caused by cold" (c.1300).
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