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 coolnessnonchalance, calmness, serenity, composure, nerve, dispassion, audacity, aplomb, cold, impudence, assurance, sangfroid
Examples from the Web for coolness
Contemporary Examples of coolness
Kim approached her career with tenacity and sincerity; any sort of coolness, remove, or privacy was not a luxury she could afford.Kim Kardashian Isn't the Butt of Jokes Anymore
August 14, 2014
Each time Emma Stone or Mila Kunis have a new movie coming out, a flurry of odes to their “coolness” hit the web.Why Do We Still Hate Gwyneth Paltrow?
May 2, 2013
As usual, I smell … perfume—but possibly a perfume with a bit of coolness.NY Museum Stages First ‘Scent’ Exhibit
November 2, 2012
The remoteness, the coolness, the lecturing style is now a liability.A Devastating Presidential Parody
October 8, 2012
You have to credit the Obama campaign—and the man at the top—with a remarkable degree of skill matched by coolness and nerve.Obama, Clinton Scored Back to Back Home Runs With Their Speeches
September 8, 2012
Historical Examples of coolness
There is a coolness amid all the heat, a mildness in the blazing noon.The Old Manse (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
His strength and coolness were a great comfort both to Hester and the major.Weighed and Wanting
He walked about the Gardens, delighting in the quiet and the coolness.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
The feel of autumn was in the air, and the coolness made the marching brisker.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
I only wish you had come upon me in a more prepossessing condition as to coolness.'Little Dorrit
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