Language: Old English
Origin: ceald, cald


1 adjective
Related topics: Games
cold1 S1 W1 comparative colder, superlative coldest


something that is cold has a low temperature [≠ hot; ↪ coldness]:
She splashed her face with cold water.
a blast of cold air
We slept on the cold ground.
The house felt cold and empty.
ice/stone/freezing cold (=very cold)
The radiator is stone cold; isn't the heating working?
go/get cold (=become cold)
My tea's gone cold.
Come and eat or your dinner will get cold!


when there is cold weather, the temperature of the air is very low [≠ hot; ↪ coldness]:
It was so cold this morning I had to scrape the ice off my windshield.
The day was bitterly cold.
The hut sheltered her from the cold wind.
cold winter/evening/January etc
the coldest winter on record
cold out/outside
It was raining and freezing cold outside.
The weather gets colder around the middle of October.
turn/grow cold (=become cold or colder, especially suddenly)
The nights grew colder.

be/feel/look/get cold

if you are cold, your body is at a low temperature:
Could you turn up the heater, I'm cold.
I feel so cold!
My feet are as cold as ice (=very cold).


cold food is cooked but not eaten hot:
a plate of cold meats
a cold buffet
Serve the potatoes cold.

lacking feeling

unfriendly or lacking normal human feelings such as sympathy, pity, humour etc [≠ warm; ↪ coldly, coldness]:
Martin was really cold towards me at the party.
His voice was as cold as ice.
She gave him a cold stare.
a cold, calculated murder

get/have cold feet

informal to suddenly feel that you are not brave enough to do something you planned to do:
The plan failed after sponsors got cold feet.

give somebody the cold shoulder

informal to deliberately ignore someone or be unfriendly to them, especially because they have upset or offended you


a cold colour or light reminds you of things that are cold [≠ warm; ↪ coldness]:
the cold light of a fluorescent tube

in the cold light of day

in the morning, when you can think clearly or see something clearly:
The house seemed less threatening in the cold light of day.

cold (hard) cash

American English money in the form of paper money and coins rather than cheques or credit cards

leave somebody cold

to not feel interested in or affected by something in any way:
Opera left him cold.

take/need a cold shower

used humorously to say that someone is sexually excited and the cold water will stop them feeling that way

somebody's trail/scent is cold

used to say that you cannot find someone because it has been too long since they passed or lived in a particular place:
I tracked the boy as far as the factory, but there his trail went cold.

in games

[not before noun] used in children's games, to say that someone is far away from the hidden object or answer they are trying to find:
You're getting colder!

cold facts

facts without anything added to make them more pleasant or interesting:
Statistics can be merely cold facts.

cold steel

literary a weapon such as a knife or sword

➔ in cold blood

at blood1 (3)

; ➔ cold fish

at fish1 (8)

; ➔ blow hot and cold

at blow1 (21)

; ➔ cold comfort

at comfort1 (7)

; ➔ pour cold water over/on

at pour (6)

; ➔ a cold sweat

at sweat2 (4)

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