froideur

noun froi·deur \ ˌf(r)wä-ˈdər , -ˈdœr \

Definition of froideur

: 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

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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


froideur

French noun froi·deur \ frwä-dœr \

Definition of froideur

: coolness : coldness of manner

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