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6 slang keenly aware of and responsive to the latest developments especially in fashion and entertainment
  • a Greek island that's the current favorite of the cool crowd

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7 slang of the very best kind
  • a really cool garage band that's starting to get some attention from the music industry

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cool

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of cool (Entry 2 of 3)

1 to cause to lose heat
  • cool your drinks in the icy mountain stream

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2 to become still and orderly
  • after the recess, tempers had cooled, and we could have a civil, rational discussion

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cool

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of cool (Entry 3 of 3)

2 the quality or state of being fashionable
  • a designer who was the arbiter of cool

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Frequently Asked Questions About cool

How is the word cool different from other adjectives like it?

Some common synonyms of cool are collected, composed, imperturbable, nonchalant, and unruffled. While all these words mean "free from agitation or excitement," cool may imply calmness, deliberateness, or dispassionateness.

kept a cool head

Where would collected be a reasonable alternative to cool?

The words collected and cool can be used in similar contexts, but collected implies a concentration of mind that eliminates distractions especially in moments of crisis.

the nurse stayed calm and collected

When is composed a more appropriate choice than cool?

While in some cases nearly identical to cool, composed implies freedom from agitation as a result of self-discipline or a sedate disposition.

the composed pianist gave a flawless concert

When can imperturbable be used instead of cool?

Although the words imperturbable and cool have much in common, imperturbable implies coolness or assurance even under severe provocation.

the speaker remained imperturbable despite the heckling

When is it sensible to use nonchalant instead of cool?

The meanings of nonchalant and cool largely overlap; however, nonchalant stresses an easy coolness of manner or casualness that suggests indifference or unconcern.

a nonchalant driver

When might unruffled be a better fit than cool?

In some situations, the words unruffled and cool are roughly equivalent. However, unruffled suggests apparent serenity and poise in the face of setbacks or in the midst of excitement.

harried but unruffled

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The first known use of cool was before the 12th century

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“Cool.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/cool. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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