very cold; icy.


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gelid

Historical Examples of 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

    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



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

Word Origin for gelid

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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