C c


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kohld]
    • /koʊld/
    • /kəʊld/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kohld]
    • /koʊld/

Definitions of cold word

  • adjective cold Something that is cold has a very low temperature or a lower temperature than is normal or acceptable. 3
  • adjective cold If it is cold, or if a place is cold, the temperature of the air is very low. 3
  • uncountable noun cold Cold weather or low temperatures can be referred to as the cold. 3
  • adjective cold If you are cold, your body is at an unpleasantly low temperature. 3
  • adjective cold Cold food, such as salad or meat that has been cooked and cooled, is not intended to be eaten hot. 3
  • adjective cold Cold colours or cold light give an impression of coldness. 3

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Origin of cold

First appearance:

before 950
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 950; Middle English; Old English cald, ceald; cognate with Gothic kalds, Old Norse kaldr, German kalt, Dutch koud; akin to Latin gel- in gelidus gelid

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Parts of speech for Cold


cold popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 100% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

cold usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for cold

adj cold

  • wintry — of or characteristic of winter: wintry blasts; wintry skies.
  • crisp — Food that is crisp is pleasantly hard, or has a pleasantly hard surface.
  • snowy — abounding in or covered with snow: snowy fields.
  • frozen — past participle of freeze.
  • brisk — A brisk activity or action is done quickly and in an energetic way.

noun cold

  • coldness — having a relatively low temperature; having little or no warmth: cold water; a cold day.
  • chilliness — The state or sensation of being chilly; a disagreeable sensation of coldness.
  • frost — Robert (Lee) 1874–1963, U.S. poet.
  • iciness — in an icy manner: I received him icily because of the harsh way he had treated me.
  • wintriness — of or characteristic of winter: wintry blasts; wintry skies.

adjective cold

  • freezing — (of temperatures) approaching, at, or below the freezing point.
  • taciturn — inclined to silence; reserved in speech; reluctant to join in conversation.
  • unfriendly — not amicable; not friendly or kindly in disposition; unsympathetic; aloof: an unfriendly coldness of manner.
  • unemotional — pertaining to or involving emotion or the emotions.
  • unkind — lacking in kindness or mercy; severe.

adverb cold

  • northbound — going toward the north: northbound traffic.
  • northward — Also, northwards, northwardly. toward the north.
  • septentrion — Obsolete. the north.
  • northChristopher, pen name of John Wilson.
  • northmost — northernmost.

Antonyms for cold

adj cold

  • pleasant — pleasing, agreeable, or enjoyable; giving pleasure: pleasant news.
  • friendly — characteristic of or befitting a friend; showing friendship: a friendly greeting.
  • kind — of a good or benevolent nature or disposition, as a person: a kind and loving person.
  • responsive — responding especially readily and sympathetically to appeals, efforts, influences, etc.: a responsive government.
  • ignorant — lacking in knowledge or training; unlearned: an ignorant man.

noun cold

  • heat — the state of a body perceived as having or generating a relatively high degree of warmth.
  • warmth — the quality or state of being warm; moderate or gentle heat.

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