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  1. very cold; icy.
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Origin of gelid

1600–10; < Latin gelidus icy cold, equivalent to gel(um) frost, cold + -idus -id4
Related formsge·lid·i·ty [juh-lid-i-tee] /dʒəˈlɪd ɪ ti/, gel·id·ness, noungel·id·ly, adverb
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  • Gelid, who during all the tumult had slept soundly, was now awake.

    Hair Breadth Escapes

    T. S. Arthur

  • Gelid said nothing, but when it came to the pinch was the most useful of all.

  • I went down into the cabin and sat down to breakfast with Gelid and Wagtail.

  • Gelid said nothing, but he was in the end the best surgeon's mate amongst them.

    Tom Cringle's Log

    Michael Scott

  • Even as she talked she swiveled the drum around, kicked the easy-off plug, and began dumping the gelid contents into the hole.


    Harry Harrison

British Dictionary definitions for gelid


  1. very cold, icy, or frosty
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Derived Formsgelidity or gelidness, noungelidly, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Latin gelidus icy cold, from gelu frost
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Word Origin and History for gelid


c.1600, from Latin gelidus "icy cold," from gelum "frost, intense cold" (see cold (adj.)).

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