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cold

[ kohld ]
/ koʊld /
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adjective, cold·er, cold·est.
noun
adverb
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Idioms about cold

Origin of cold

before 950; Middle English; Old English cald, ceald; cognate with Gothic kalds,Old Norse kaldr,German kalt,Dutch koud; akin to Latin gel- in gelidusgelid

synonym study for cold

1. Cold, chill, chilly, cool refer to various degrees of absence of heat. Cold refers to temperature possibly so low as to cause suffering: cold water. Chill suggests a penetrating cold which causes shivering and numbness: There was a chill wind blowing. Chilly is a weaker word, though it also connotes shivering and discomfort: a chilly room. Cool means merely somewhat cold, not warm: cool and comfortable. All have figurative uses.

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British Dictionary definitions for cold

cold
/ (kəʊld) /

adjective
noun
adverb
informal without preparationhe played his part cold
informal, mainly US and Canadian thoroughly; absolutelyshe turned him down cold

Derived forms of cold

coldish, adjectivecoldly, adverbcoldness, noun

Word Origin for cold

Old English ceald; related to Old Norse kaldr, Gothic kalds, Old High German kalt; see cool
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Medical definitions for cold

cold
[ kōld ]

n.
A viral infection characterized by inflammation of the mucous membranes lining the upper respiratory passages and usually accompanied by malaise, fever, chills, coughing, and sneezing.coryza acute rhinitis common cold coryza
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