cold

adjective
\ ˈkōld How to pronounce cold (audio) \

Definition of cold

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : having or being a temperature that is uncomfortably low for humans it is cold outside today a cold drafty attic
b : having a relatively low temperature or one lower than normal or expected the bath water has gotten cold
c : not heated: such as
(1) of food : served without heating especially after initial cooking or processing cold cereal cold roast beef
(2) : served chilled or with ice a cold drink
(3) : involving processing without the use of heat cold working of steel
2a : marked by a lack of the warmth of normal human emotion, friendliness, or compassion a cold stare got a cold reception also : not moved to enthusiasm the movie leaves me cold
b : not colored or affected by personal feeling or bias : detached, indifferent cold chronicles recorded by an outsider— Andrew Sarris also : impersonal, objective cold facts cold reality
c : marked by sure familiarity : pat had her lines cold weeks before opening night
3 : conveying the impression of being cold: such as
a : depressing, gloomy cold gray skies
4a : marked by the loss of normal body heat cold hands especially : dead … she lay cold and still—she was gone … — Upton Sinclair
b : giving the appearance of being dead : unconscious passed out cold
5a : having lost freshness or vividness : stale dogs trying to pick up a cold scent
b : far off the mark : not close to finding or solving used especially in children's games
c : marked by poor or unlucky performance the team's shooting turned cold in the second half
d : not prepared or suitably warmed up The player's sub entered the game cold.
in cold blood
: with premeditation : deliberately was killed in cold blood

cold

noun

Definition of cold (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : bodily sensation produced by loss or lack of heat they died of the cold
2 : a condition of low temperature extremes of heat and cold especially : cold weather He waited outside for her in the bitter cold.
3 : a bodily disorder popularly associated with chilling specifically : common cold She came down with a cold.
out in the cold
: deprived of benefits given others the plan benefits management but leaves labor out in the cold

cold

adverb

Definition of cold (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : with utter finality : absolutely, completely turned down cold also : abruptly stopped them cold
2a : without introduction or advance notice walked in cold to apply for a job
b : without preparation or warm-up was asked to perform the solo cold

Other Words from cold

Adjective

coldish \ ˈkōld-​ish How to pronounce cold (audio) \ adjective
coldly \ ˈkōl(d)-​lē How to pronounce cold (audio) \ adverb
coldness \ ˈkōl(d)-​nəs How to pronounce cold (audio) \ noun

Examples of cold in a Sentence

Adjective The water was too cold for swimming. The weather has been unusually cold this spring. a country with a cold climate It was a long, cold winter. It's cold outside, but the wind makes it feel even colder. It's bitterly cold out there! metal that is cold to the touch Are you cold? I could turn up the temperature if you'd like. a bowl of cold cereal He ate cold pizza for breakfast. Noun I mind cold more than heat. They died of exposure to cold. The cold really sets in around late November and doesn't let up until April. I stood there shivering in the cold. He waited outside for her in the bitter cold. Come in out of the cold. It's not the flu, it's just a cold. Adverb She was asked to perform the song cold. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective And when cold weather arrives again after the summer, make sure to harvest your basil before a frost kills the plant. Sheryl Geerts, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 May 2022 The parking assist electronic control unit (ECU) software may prevent transmission of the rearview camera signal during cold weather, preventing the rearview image from displaying. Detroit Free Press, 13 May 2022 The parking assist electronic control unit (ECU) software may prevent transmission of the rearview camera signal during cold weather, preventing the rearview image from displaying. USA TODAY, 13 May 2022 The season finale in Chicago could be a classic cold-weather game that the Vikings can win against a rebuilding team. Steve Silverman, Forbes, 13 May 2022 And over the holiday season, with people heading back indoors amid the cold weather and celebrating holidays with family, cases soared upwards and deaths hit their highest levels ever. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, 12 May 2022 Scientists and public health experts said the 100 million estimate -- based on mathematical models -- does not surprise them and that as immunity wanes and people move indoors due to cold weather, cases will inevitably rise. Bymary Kekatos, ABC News, 9 May 2022 Social media was flooded with images of Lebanese voters in long queues under cold weather in Europe and the scorching temperatures of the Gulf waiting to cast their ballots. Nadeen Ebrahim, CNN, 9 May 2022 Meanwhile, the virus will continue to evolve new variants and subvariants, and people will huddle indoors during the cold weather and end-of-year holidays. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 9 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The comment left many people — including me — ice cold, since to deploy Malinche’s name as an insult is to parrot a gross misogynist trope. Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2022 Jimmy Butler has been slowed by a sore knee, Tyler Herro caught a cold that turned into an upper-respiratory-type mess — but not COVID-19 — and PJ Tucker has been dealing with a calf issue. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 2 May 2022 Jimmy Butler has been slowed by a sore knee, Tyler Herro caught a cold that turned into an upper-respiratory-type mess — but not COVID-19 — and PJ Tucker has been dealing with a calf issue. Tim Reynolds, ajc, 1 May 2022 The two men set out into the winter cold and never returned. New York Times, 29 Apr. 2022 Most agree that matter exploded forth, but there are different opinions on, for example, whether the temperature was extremely hot or absolute-zero cold at that initial moment. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 21 Apr. 2022 Tim Kovis said the trees there are in bloom, but the cold is keeping the bees from pollinating, which is the biggest concern. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 18 Apr. 2022 The founders drummed up their first customers the old-fashioned way, by working their network, asking for references, and cold-calling. Biman Mukherji, Fortune, 12 Apr. 2022 Stu’s rapprochement with his cold, unforgiving father seems too painlessly accomplished, for example, as does the reunion of the estranged parents. Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb As parents, artists, and also an athlete/pharmacist combo, the Andrews’ collaborated with a food scientist to encourage a balanced lifestyle through the fast, fresh and efficient nutrition provided in cold-pressed juice. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, 8 Feb. 2022 Brazil could prove more complicated: The Biden administration has so far largely cold-shouldered President Bolsonaro, seeing him as a populist soulmate of former President Donald Trump. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, 30 Mar. 2022 The hydrating and soothing skincare recipe contains an exceptional blend of botanical plant extracts and cold-pressed plant oils that plump, brighten, and moisturize the skin to reduce visible signs of aging. Essence, 21 Mar. 2022 Once the temperature drops below 45 degrees Fahrenheit the iguanas go into a dormant or cold-stunned state. CBS News, 31 Jan. 2022 Funck also emphasized that well-meaning individuals should not try to bring the cold-stunned iguanas into their homes or vehicles. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, 29 Jan. 2022 In addition to cold-pressed juice, this Omega model can turn out nut butters and nut milks, baby food and other purées, and sorbet. Lauren Joseph, Bon Appétit, 17 Mar. 2022 Cleanses are combinations from the cold-pressed menu. Susan Dunne, courant.com, 4 Jan. 2022 Schoening’s streak almost came to an end because of a cold-induced raspy voice that threatened to sideline him for a 2017 game in Salt Lake City. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, 3 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of cold

Adjective

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

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Adverb

1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cold

Adjective

Middle English, going back to Old English cald (Anglian), ceald (West Saxon), going back to Germanic *kalða- (whence Old Saxon cald "cold," Middle Dutch cout, Old High German kalt, Old Norse kaldr, Gothic kalds), verbal adjective from *kalan- "to be cold" (whence Old English calan "to be cold, to make cold," Old Norse kala "to freeze") going back to a dialectal Indo-European base *ǵel-, *ǵol-, whence also Latin gelū, gelus "frost, cold," gelāre "to freeze, chill"

Noun

Middle English, going back to Old English ceald, cald, noun derivative of ceald, cald cold entry 1 (or derivative from the Germanic base of these adjectives)

Adverb

derivative of cold entry 1

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More Definitions for cold

cold

adjective
\ ˈkōld How to pronounce cold (audio) \
colder; coldest

Kids Definition of cold

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having a low temperature or one much below normal a cold day
2 : suffering from lack of warmth I feel cold.
3 : cooled after being cooked We ate cold chicken.
4 : served at a low temperature or with ice Have a cold drink.
5 : lacking warmth of feeling : unfriendly She's been cold to me ever since our disagreement.
in cold blood
: with planning beforehand

Other Words from cold

coldly adverb
coldness noun

cold

noun

Kids Definition of cold (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a condition of low temperature : cold weather I can't stand the cold.
2 : the bodily feeling produced by lack of warmth : chill He was shivering with cold.

cold

adjective
\ ˈkōld How to pronounce cold (audio) \

Medical Definition of cold

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : having or being a temperature that is noticeably lower than body temperature and especially that is uncomfortable for humans a cold drafty room
b : having a relatively low temperature or one that is lower than normal or expected the bath water has gotten cold
c : receptive to the sensation of coldness : stimulated by cold a cold spot is a typical receptor in higher vertebrates
2 : marked by the loss of normal body heat cold hands
3 : dead
4 : exhibiting little or no radioactivity

Other Words from cold

coldness \ ˈkōl(d)-​nəs How to pronounce cold (audio) \ noun

cold

noun

Medical Definition of cold (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : bodily sensation produced by loss or lack of heat
2 : a bodily disorder popularly associated with chilling:
a in humans : common cold
b in domestic animals : coryza

COLD

abbreviation

Medical Definition of COLD (Entry 3 of 3)

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