archaic
: cold, chilled
the owl, for all his feathers, was acoldJohn Keats

Word History

Etymology

Middle English acoiled, a cold, from a- a- entry 1 + cold cold entry 1 (or alternatively continuing acoled, past participle of acolen "to become colder, cool off," going back to Old English ācōlian, from a-, ā-, perfective prefix + cōlian "to become cold") — more at abide, cool entry 2

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of acold was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Acold.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acold. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

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