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)
- cooktown orchid,
- cool as a cucumber,
- cool bag,
- cool down,
- cool drink,
- cool hunter
Origin of cool
Examples from the Web for coolly
One police officer was coolly dispatched as he lay wounded on the sidewalk.
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|Ben Jacobs|February 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the meantime, the police seem to have caught the arsonists and last week went by coolly enough.
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|Michael Daly|July 24, 2012|DAILY BEAST
According to one media account, she arrived at work the next day, coolly asking whether much had happened.
"That was well done, captain," said Craven to Hughie, as he was coolly skating back to his position.Glengarry Schooldays|Ralph Connor
While this was going on Lepoletais coolly explained to Don Sancho the probable results of the expedient he had employed.The Buccaneer Chief|Gustave Aimard
Keep it, if Mrs. Bryan doesnt mind, as it doesnt belong to anyone, said Winona coolly.Winona of the Camp Fire|Margaret Widdemer
Mike coolly braced himself for the shock, not yielding an inch nor turning his gaze from his foe.The Launch Boys' Adventures in Northern Waters|Edward S. Ellis
She had not learned then how coolly Felicity herself had selected that destiny and taken it in hand.Winner Take All|Larry Evans
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