The water was too cold for swimming.
The weather has been unusually cold this spring.
a country with a cold climate
It was a long, cold winter.
It's cold outside, but the wind makes it feel even colder.
It's bitterly cold out there!
metal that is cold to the touch
Are you cold? I could turn up the temperature if you'd like.
a bowl of cold cereal
He ate cold pizza for breakfast. Noun
I mind cold more than heat.
They died of exposure to cold. The cold really sets in around late November and doesn't let up until April.
I stood there shivering in the cold.
He waited outside for her in the bitter cold.
Come in out of the cold.
It's not the flu, it's just a cold. Adverb
She was asked to perform the song cold. See More
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Other symptoms—like cold hands, cold feet, and pale skin—could easily be attributed to climate, lifestyle, or weather.—Christina Pérez, Vogue, 25 Nov. 2023 Near dawn, dew points increase into the upper 20s, about as cold as our typically chilliest spots get.—A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, 25 Nov. 2023 By late 2016, the investigation into Stephen Smith's death went cold.—Nikki Battiste, CBS News, 25 Nov. 2023 There are few things more satisfying than crawling into your cozy, comfy bed when the weather gets cold—and a high-quality mattress is a key player in that idyllic wintertime scene.—Sara Coughlin, SELF, 25 Nov. 2023 Featuring the thermodynamic technology that made the line big, the cooler keeps your arsenal of drinks, your morning’s catch, and your camp essentials cold for days, with sturdy portability and stunning aesthetics.—Red Fabbri, Travel + Leisure, 24 Nov. 2023 After eating a lunch of cold, roasted deer ribs, my dog and I started out to add another deer to the bag.—Outdoor Life, 23 Nov. 2023 The National Weather Service said that heavy snow could disrupt travel plans in the northern and central Rockies and High Plains on Thursday, with cold air from the Arctic sweeping over much of the northern parts of the country.—Patrick Smith, NBC News, 23 Nov. 2023 As a study in the journal Chest reported, many cold symptoms, like cough and congestion, are triggered by an inflammatory immune response to the infection—but the ingredients in a steamy bowl of chicken soup can help thwart the rush of the protective cells involved in that reaction.—Christine Byrne, Mph, SELF, 13 Nov. 2023
While the germ tends to cause only mild colds in older kids and adults with robust immune systems, younger children are prone to develop pneumonia — with symptoms lasting for weeks.—Bloomberg, Fortune, 24 Nov. 2023 There are even specialist boots out there with up to 2,000 grams of insulation for sedentary activities in extreme cold like hunting or ice fishing.—Jessica MacDonald, Travel + Leisure, 21 Nov. 2023 The Department of Health and Human Services announced the new round of test shipments Monday as the holiday season begins — a time when public health experts typically expect cases of Covid, flu, colds and respiratory syncytial virus to surge.—Katie Mogg, NBC News, 20 Nov. 2023 These garments and sleeping bags are for extreme cold.—WIRED, 5 Nov. 2023 Sleep and rest are essential to body and mind recovery during a cold or the flu.—Dominique Fluker, Essence, 25 Oct. 2023 Extreme cold will still occur this winter, but perhaps less often than during more typical winters, Gottschalck said.—Scott Dance, Washington Post, 19 Oct. 2023 Keep your fat cold: Cold butter and/or shortening is key to creating flaky layers.—Nancie McDermott, Southern Living, 2 Nov. 2023 What does El Niño mean for D.C. cold and snow this winter?—Ian Livingston, Washington Post, 26 Oct. 2023
If the suspect is an undocumented immigrant, the trail can go cold quickly.—Rebecca Rosenberg, Fox News, 4 Sep. 2023 Garden mums, on the other hand, can survive cold better.—Viveka Neveln, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Aug. 2023 Initial leads running cold over the weekend with over 200 officers working the case.—Adrienne Vogt, CNN, 3 May 2023 First detected in the stream after the stream mouth emerged from glacial ice were larvae of chironomids, cold-loving midges.—Lesley Evans Ogden, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Apr. 2023 The green mandarin that features in Armani Code Eau de Toilette was cold-extracted from fruits handpicked in Calabria, Italy—a sourcing method that helps support local farmers and invests in responsible agricultural practices.—Robb Report Studio, Robb Report, 3 Apr. 2023 Clothing choice in what appears to be below-zero weather is the low point here: they are all clad in metal armor, which is likely heavy, restrictive, and cold-conducting.—Benjamin Tepler, Outside Online, 14 Oct. 2022 The compilation was spurred by longtime Alaska journalist and writer Lael Morgan, who cold-called James and pitched him on the idea of a book focusing on Alaska literature.—Chris Bieri, Anchorage Daily News, 3 Mar. 2023 In short, the prankster pretended to be a cop and, over and over again, cold-called a series of fast-food restaurants, eventually convincing a manager at each one to strip-search a young female worker.—Chris Hachey, BGR, 15 Dec. 2022 See More
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Middle English, going back to Old English cald (Anglian), ceald (West Saxon), going back to Germanic *kalða- (whence Old Saxon cald "cold," Middle Dutch cout, Old High German kalt, Old Norse kaldr, Gothic kalds), verbal adjective from *kalan- "to be cold" (whence Old English calan "to be cold, to make cold," Old Norse kala "to freeze") going back to a dialectal Indo-European base *ǵel-, *ǵol-, whence also Latin gelū, gelus "frost, cold," gelāre "to freeze, chill"
Middle English, going back to Old English ceald, cald, noun derivative of ceald, caldcold entry 1 (or derivative from the Germanic base of these adjectives)