- very cold; icy.
Origin of gelid
1600–10; < Latin gelidus icy cold, equivalent to gel(um) frost, cold + -idus -id4
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Examples from the Web for gelid
Gelid, who during all the tumult had slept soundly, was now awake.
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
Even as she talked she swiveled the drum around, kicked the easy-off plug, and began dumping the gelid contents into the hole.Deathworld
- very cold, icy, or frosty
C17: from Latin gelidus icy cold, from gelu frost
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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