froideur

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noun froi·deur \ˌf(r)wä-ˈdər, -ˈdœr\

Definition of froideur

  1. :  coolness or extreme reserve in manner … glaring at reporters from beneath her jet-black eyebrows, lasering unwelcome questions with arctic blasts of froideur. — Tom Shone and Nicoletta Santoro There was, as befitting his Scandinavian froideur, little outward sign of emotion … — Oliver Brown

Origin and Etymology of froideur

borrowed from French, literally, “chill, cold,” going back to Old French freidur, froidour, from freid, froid “cold” (going back to Latin frīgidus) + -ur, -our 2-or — more at frigid


First Known Use: 1784


froideur

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French noun froi·deur \frwä-dœr\

Definition of froideur

  1. :  coolness :  coldness of manner


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