adjective, cool·er, cool·est.
- great; fine; excellent: a real cool comic.
- characterized by great facility; highly skilled or clever: cool maneuvers on the parallel bars.
- socially adept: It's not cool to arrive at a party too early.
- acceptable; satisfactory; okay: If you want to stay late, that's cool.
- (used to express acceptance): Okay, cool! I'll be there at 10:00.
- (used to express approval, admiration, etc.): He got the job? Cool!
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of cool
Synonyms for cool
Antonyms for cool
Related Words for coollypeacefully, easily, smoothly, serenely, indifferently, carelessly, informally, nonchalantly, casually, reasonably, cheaply, moderately, sensibly, ably, knowingly, slyly, smartly, carefully, deliberately, cleverly
Examples from the Web for coolly
Contemporary Examples of coolly
One police officer was coolly dispatched as he lay wounded on the sidewalk.France Mourns—and Hunts
Nico Hines, Christopher Dickey
January 8, 2015
Instead of playing for overtime, Brady coolly led the Pats down the field to the St. Louis 30.Seahawks-Broncos and 7 Other Thrilling Super Bowl Matchups
February 6, 2014
In the meantime, the police seem to have caught the arsonists and last week went by coolly enough.Violence is the New Normal in Abu Tor
Rabbi Daniel Landes
July 24, 2013
Davies did indeed demonstrate remarkable presence of mind of her own in coolly pressing her fingers on the wound and calling 911.Behind Obama’s Tribute to the Aurora Victims’ Courage, Goodness
July 24, 2012
According to one media account, she arrived at work the next day, coolly asking whether much had happened.Murdoch Lieutenant Under Fire
March 11, 2011
Historical Examples of coolly
"Taken the first step toward a good dinner," said the other, coolly.
"Nothing, only you locked the door by mistake," said Ben, coolly.
“He shall see me when it suiteth me,” said Mr. Headley coolly.
“Well crowed, my young London gamebirds,” returned Fulford, coolly.
"You needn't trouble yourself to be grateful," returned Robert, coolly.
Word Origin for cool
Old English col "not warm" (but usually not as severe as cold), also, of persons, "unperturbed, undemonstrative," from Proto-Germanic *koluz (cf. Middle Dutch coel, Dutch koel, Old High German kuoli, German kühl "cool," Old Norse kala "be cold"), from PIE root *gel- "cold, to freeze" (see cold (adj.)).
Applied since 1728 to large sums of money to give emphasis to amount. Meaning "calmly audacious" is from 1825. Slang use for "fashionable" is 1933, originally Black English; modern use as a general term of approval is from late 1940s, probably from bop talk and originally in reference to a style of jazz; said to have been popularized in jazz circles by tenor saxophonist Lester Young. Related: Coolly.
c.1400, "coldness, coolness," from cool (adj.). Meaning "one's self-control, composure" (the thing you either keep or lose) is from 1966.
Old English colian, "to lose warmth," also figuratively, "to lose ardor," from the root of cool (adj.). Meaning "to cause to lose warmth" is from late 14c. Related: Cooled; cooling.
In addition to the idioms beginning with cool
- cool as a cucumber
- cool down
- cool it
- cool off
- cool one's heels
- cool out
- keep cool
- keep one's cool
- play it cool