cool

adjective
\ ˈkül \

Definition of cool

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : moderately cold : lacking in warmth The plant grows best in cool climates.
2a : marked by steady dispassionate calmness and self-control a cool and calculating businessperson
b : lacking ardor or friendliness a cool impersonal manner
c of jazz : marked by restrained emotion and the frequent use of counterpoint (see counterpoint entry 1)
d : free from tensions or violence We used to fight, but we're cool now.
3 used as an intensive a cool million dollars
4 : marked by deliberate effrontery or lack of due respect or discretion a cool reply
5 : facilitating or suggesting relief from heat a cool dress
6a of a color : producing an impression of being cool specifically : of a hue in the range violet through blue to green
b of a musical tone : relatively lacking in timbre or resonance (see resonance sense 2a)

7 informal

a : very good : excellent That was a really cool movie. also : all right Is getting together Friday night cool with you?
b : fashionable, hip … not happy with the new shoes … because they were not "cool."— Celestine Sibley

cool

verb
cooled; cooling; cools

Definition of cool (Entry 2 of 4)

intransitive verb

1 : to become cool : lose heat or warmth placed the pie in the window to cool sometimes used with off or down
2 : to lose ardor or passion His anger cooled.

transitive verb

1 : to make cool : impart a feeling of coolness to cooled the room with a fan often used with off or down A swim cooled us off a little.
2a : to moderate the heat, excitement, or force of : calm cooled her growing anger
b : to slow or lessen the growth or activity of usually used with off or down wants to cool off the economy without freezing itNewsweek
cool it
: to calm down : go easy The word went out to the young to cool it.— W. M. Young
cool one's heels
: to wait or be kept waiting for a long time especially from or as if from disdain or discourtesy

cool

noun

Definition of cool (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : a cool time, place, or situation the cool of the evening
2a : absence of excitement or emotional involvement : detachment … must surrender his fine cool and enter the closed crazy world of suicide …— Wilfrid Sheed
b : poise, composure The player lost his cool and began yelling at the referee.
3 : hipness

cool

adverb

Definition of cool (Entry 4 of 4)

: in a casual and nonchalant manner play it cool

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Other Words from cool

Adjective

coolish \ ˈkü-​lish \ adjective
coolly or less commonly cooly \ ˈkü(l)-​lē \ adverb
coolness \ ˈkül-​nəs \ noun

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Adjective

cool, composed, collected, unruffled, imperturbable, nonchalant mean free from agitation or excitement. cool may imply calmness, deliberateness, or dispassionateness. kept a cool head composed implies freedom from agitation as a result of self-discipline or a sedate disposition. the composed pianist gave a flawless concert collected implies a concentration of mind that eliminates distractions especially in moments of crisis. the nurse stayed calm and collected unruffled suggests apparent serenity and poise in the face of setbacks or in the midst of excitement. harried but unruffled imperturbable implies coolness or assurance even under severe provocation. the speaker remained imperturbable despite the heckling nonchalant stresses an easy coolness of manner or casualness that suggests indifference or unconcern. a nonchalant driver

Examples of cool in a Sentence

Adjective

The weather is cool today. The surface is cool to the touch. The plant grows best in cool climates. I'm feeling a little cool. We changed into some cooler clothes. She remained calm, cool, and collected.

Verb

The fan cools the engine. the cooling effect of the breeze Allow the cake to cool before slicing. the cooling of the ocean waters I took a break from the discussion to allow my anger to cool. His interest in her has cooled somewhat.

Noun

the judge's customary cool stood him in good stead during the sensational trial I envy you your cool.

Adverb

Here comes Mom. Act cool and she won't suspect a thing.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Graphcore also had to create a custom heat sink to keep the processors cool, despite the playful designs. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Graphcore’s new AI chips are the best-looking server processors you’ll never see," 26 Nov. 2018 The 24-product range includes both in-flight comfort essentials—ear plugs, cashmere eye masks and slippers, neck pillows with a cooling gel surface and memory foam—and on-the-road amenities like universal travel adaptors and laundry bags. Mara Balagtas, Condé Nast Traveler, "Herschel Supply Co. Launches Entire Travel Line," 16 Aug. 2018 Trade worries are adding to anxiety over cooling economic growth and tighter lending controls that have hit real estate and other industries. Joe Mcdonald, USA TODAY, "China rejects ‘threats and blackmail’ on eve of US tariff hike," 5 July 2018 Freddie Mac predicts home prices to jump 7 percent this year before cooling off considerably next to less than half that rate. Tom Hudson, miamiherald, "Mortgage costs building up," 1 July 2018 The three-layer coat has a wicking outer layer to facilitate evaporation, an absorbent middle layer, and soft, cooling fabric inside. The Editors, Outside Online, "Killer Deals on Camping Gear at Backcountry.com," 12 June 2018 The cooling drink mixes together the Chick's classic Iced Tea and Lemonade (or Diet Lemonade) with fresh white peach flavor. Southern Living, "Chick-fil-A's Newest Lemonade Is a Southerner's Dream," 31 May 2018 The agency is still seeking to diagnose the exact problem, which seems to be a mechanical issue involving the ABI’s cooling pipes and radiator. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "Cooling failure threatens NOAA’s newest weather satellite," 23 May 2018 The frame goes just partway up the Surface tablet, providing plenty of area for the tablet to cool itself under load. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Hands on: The Kensington SD7000 dock turns a Surface tablet into a Surface Studio," 21 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Cook for about 3 to 4 minutes, or until the kernels are soft, then let cool in a large bowl. Daniel Boulud, ELLE Decor, "Recipe: Crab-And-Corn Custard And Corn Salad With Yellow-Tomato Vinaigrette," 17 Aug. 2016 Despite the market’s recent cool-down, home values continue to rise, appreciating an average of 7.6 percent in just the last year alone, underscoring the continued affordability crisis. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "The number of ‘million-dollar neighborhoods’ in the U.S. has doubled," 9 Nov. 2018 The market cool-down is part of a national trend as inventory finally starts to tick up after years of decline, and price growth continues to moderate. Mike Rosenberg, The Seattle Times, "More Seattle-area home sellers lower list prices as market cools way down," 6 Aug. 2018 The route finishes by following a logging road back to the trailhead, a good cool-down from the leg-pumping singletrack sections. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cable is one of Wisconsin's best trail towns," 7 June 2018 Plus, as high-end fashion brands look to younger audiences to reimagine what cool is, streetwear has become synonymous with luxury. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "A breakdown of this year’s brand winners and losers.," 27 Dec. 2018 Dramatic times call for dramatic clothes, and this week’s best dressed delivered in glamorous getups that boldly walked the line between costume and cool. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "10 Best Dressed: Week of December 3, 2018," 3 Dec. 2018 Showering artificially raises the temperature again and allows for a faster cool down, which seems to hasten sleep. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "It's Official: You Should Always Shower At Night, Not in the Morning," 3 Oct. 2018 Featuring bright lemon and bubblegum pink stripes, a flattering silhouette, and low back, this ShopBAZAAR exclusive is the ultimate summer must-have that looks great on the beach and cool on the streets paired with denim cutoffs. Minna Shim, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Swimsuit You Won't Find Anywhere Else," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Place the pot over a large bowl filled with ice water and let cool, stirring occasionally, until chilled, 20 to 30 minutes. Kate Merker And Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Gingerbread Eggnog," 11 Dec. 2018 Let cool slightly to thicken, then transfer to a resealable bag and cut off one corner to make a small hole. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Eggnog Mousse Snowmen," 29 Nov. 2018 Let cool slightly before serving, or cool completely before storing. Charlotte Druckman, sacbee, "In a churn of events, salted butter is back | The Sacramento Bee," 8 May 2018 Let cool a few minutes, then take egg cups out of muffin pan to cool on a rack. Anna Thomas Bates, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Egg cups make an easy grab-and-go lunch," 21 Feb. 2018 Drain well and let cool before peeling and cutting the eggs in half lengthwise, reserving the yolks. Alysha Witwicki, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What to bring? These side dishes are always welcome at a summer picnic," 29 June 2018 Transfer to a wire rack and let cool before slicing. Steven Satterfield, Country Living, "Buttermilk Cornbread," 1 Feb. 2011 Let cool slightly, then transfer oil and spice mixture to a bowl. Jonah Miller, WSJ, "Throw a Summer Party the Effortless Spanish Way," 6 July 2018 Let cool completely, cover with plastic or store airtight, and store at room temperature. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "The 10 Baking Questions People Ask Me Literally All the Time, Answered," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of cool

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1968, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cool

Adjective

Middle English col, going back to Old English cōl, going back to West Germanic *kōlu- (whence also Middle Dutch coele "moderately cold" and, from a variant *kōlja-, Old High German kuoli), lengthened-grade derivative from the base of *kalan- "to be cold" — more at cold entry 1

Verb

Middle English colen, going back to Old English cōlian, verbal derivative from Germanic *kōl- cool entry 1 (whence also Old Saxon colon "to become cool," Old High German kuolēn)

Noun

Middle English cole, derivative of col cool entry 1

Adverb

derivative of cool entry 1

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cool

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of cool

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: somewhat cold : not warm or hot
: made of a light, thin material that helps you stay cool
: able to think and act in a calm way : not affected by strong feelings

cool

verb

English Language Learners Definition of cool (Entry 2 of 3)

: to make (someone or something) cool
: to become cool : to lose heat or warmth
: to become less strong or intense especially in emotion

cool

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of cool (Entry 3 of 3)

informal : in a calm manner : in a way that does not seem unusual or excited

cool

adjective
\ ˈkül \
cooler; coolest

Kids Definition of cool

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : somewhat cold : not warm a cool day a cool room
2 : not letting or keeping in heat cool clothes
3 : calm entry 3 sense 2 She is cool in a crisis.
4 : not interested or friendly: He was cool to my idea.
5 : fashionable, stylish, or attractive in a way that is widely approved of
6 : very good excellent

Other Words from cool

coolly adverb
coolness noun

cool

verb
cooled; cooling

Kids Definition of cool (Entry 2 of 3)

: to make or become less warm

cool

noun

Kids Definition of cool (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a time or place that is not warm the cool of the evening
2 : a calm state of mind Keep your cool.

Legal Definition of cool

: to lose passion : become calm sometimes used with off or down the time elapsing…is such that a reasonable man thus provoked would have cooled— W. R. LaFave and A. W. Scott, Jr.

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