cold comfort

noun
Updated on: 29 Dec 2017

Definition of cold comfort

: quite limited sympathy, consolation, or encouragement

Examples of cold comfort in a Sentence

  1. The good news about the economy is cold comfort to people who have lost their jobs.

Recent Examples of cold comfort from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'cold comfort.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of cold comfort

14th century


COLD COMFORT Defined for English Language Learners

cold comfort

noun

Definition of cold comfort for English Language Learners

  • : something that is good for a situation but does not make someone happy because the whole situation is still bad


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up cold comfort? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to lessen the seriousness or strength of

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What's That From? A Word Origin Quiz

  • turris-babel-by-athanasius-kircher
  • What language gave the word robot to English?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!