stone-cold

adjective
\ ˈstōn-ˈkōld How to pronounce stone-cold (audio) \

Definition of stone-cold

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : completely cold stone-cold soup The weather was stone-cold and often gray, with a 20-mile-an-hour headwind scouring the backstretch.— Lorna Lentini often used figuratively a stone-cold killer… his stone-cold calculation was that he could score more money more quickly with a bat and glove.— Scott Burton
2 US, informal : absolute, utter In the last decade, DNA tests have provided stone-cold proof that 69 people were sent to prison and death row in North America for crimes they did not commit.— Jim Dwyer et al.

stone-cold

adverb

Definition of stone-cold (Entry 2 of 2)

US, informal
: absolutely, utterly stone-cold sober Walter Anderson was a stone-cold handsome guy, a tall, powerfully built man with a thick head of wavy blond hair …— Edgar Allen Beam

First Known Use of stone-cold

Adjective

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1898, in the meaning defined above

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“Stone-cold.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stone-cold. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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