cold

Cold is the opposite of hot. It can refer to temperature, passion, friendliness, and even your personality.

All cold things are icy in some way. Your tea can be cold, and someone can be cold to you. If a play leaves you cold, you don't like it. If police find a criminal’s trail has gone cold, they're out of clues. If you're searching for something, and someone tells you you’re "very cold," it means you're not very close to the prize. A cold is also the infection that gives you a runny nose and sore throat.

Definitions of cold
  1. adjective
    having a low or inadequate temperature or feeling a sensation of coldness or having been made cold by e.g. ice or refrigeration
    “a cold climate”
    “a cold room”
    “dinner has gotten cold
    cold fingers”
    “if you are cold, turn up the heat”
    “a cold beer”
    Synonyms:
    frozen
    turned into ice; affected by freezing or by long and severe cold
    acold
    of persons; feeling cold
    algid
    chilly
    arctic, frigid, gelid, glacial, icy, polar
    extremely cold
    bleak, cutting, raw
    unpleasantly cold and damp
    chilly, parky
    appreciably or disagreeably cold
    crisp, frosty, nipping, nippy, snappy
    pleasantly cold and invigorating
    frigorific
    causing cold; cooling or chilling
    frore
    very cold
    frosty, rimed, rimy
    covered with frost
    heatless
    without generating heat
    ice-cold
    as cold as ice
    refrigerant, refrigerating
    causing cooling or freezing
    refrigerated
    made or kept cold by refrigeration
    shivery
    cold enough to cause shivers
    stone-cold
    completely cold
    unheated, unwarmed
    not having been heated or warmed
    cool
    neither warm nor very cold; giving relief from heat
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    hot
    used of physical heat; having a high or higher than desirable temperature or giving off heat or feeling or causing a sensation of heat or burning
    baking, baking hot
    as hot as if in an oven
    blistering, blistery
    hot enough to raise (or as if to raise) blisters
    calefacient, warming
    producing the sensation of heat when applied to the body
    calefactive, calefactory
    serving to heat
    calorifacient
    producing heat; usually used of foods
    calorific
    heat-generating
    fervent, fervid, searing
    extremely hot
    fiery, igneous
    like or suggestive of fire
    heatable
    capable of becoming hot
    heated, heated up, het, het up
    made warm or hot (`het' is a dialectal variant of `heated')
    hottish
    somewhat hot
    overheated
    heated beyond a safe or desirable point
    red-hot
    glowing red with heat
    scorching
    hot and dry enough to burn or parch a surface
    sizzling
    hot enough to burn with or as if with a hissing sound
    stifling, sulfurous, sulphurous, sultry
    characterized by oppressive heat and humidity
    sweltering, sweltry
    excessively hot and humid or marked by sweating and faintness
    thermal
    caused by or designed to retain heat
    torrid
    extremely hot
    tropic, tropical
    of weather or climate; hot and humid as in the tropics
    white, white-hot
    glowing white with heat
    warm
    having or producing a comfortable and agreeable degree of heat or imparting or maintaining heat
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  2. adjective
    lacking the warmth of life
    cold in his grave”
    Synonyms:
    dead
    no longer having or seeming to have or expecting to have life
  3. noun
    the absence of heat
    “come in out of the cold
    cold is a vasoconstrictor”
    synonyms: coldness, frigidity, frigidness, low temperature
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    heat, high temperature, hotness
    the presence of heat
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    chill, gelidity, iciness
    coldness due to a cold environment
    chilliness, coolness, nip
    the property of being moderately cold
    frostiness
    coldness as evidenced by frost
    cool
    the quality of being at a refreshingly low temperature
    type of:
    pressor, vasoconstrictive, vasoconstrictor
    any agent that causes a narrowing of an opening of a blood vessel: cold or stress or nicotine or epinephrine or norepinephrine or angiotensin or vasopressin or certain drugs; maintains or increases blood pressure
    temperature
    the degree of hotness or coldness of a body or environment (corresponding to its molecular activity)
  4. noun
    the sensation produced by low temperatures
    “he shivered from the cold
    “the cold helped clear his head”
    synonyms: coldness
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    type of:
    temperature
    the somatic sensation of cold or heat
  5. adjective
    extended meanings; especially of psychological coldness; without human warmth or emotion
    “a cold unfriendly nod”
    “a cold and unaffectionate person”
    “a cold impersonal manner”
    cold logic”
    “the concert left me cold
    Synonyms:
    emotionless, passionless
    unmoved by feeling
    frigid, frosty, frozen, glacial, icy, wintry
    devoid of warmth and cordiality; expressive of unfriendliness or disdain
    passionless
    not passionate
    cool
    psychologically cool and unenthusiastic; unfriendly or unresponsive or showing dislike
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    hot
    extended meanings; especially of psychological heat; marked by intensity or vehemence especially of passion or enthusiasm
    fiery, flaming
    very intense
    heated
    marked by emotional heat; vehement
    red-hot, sizzling
    characterized by intense emotion or interest or excitement
    sensual, sultry
    sexually exciting or gratifying
    torrid
    emotionally charged and vigorously energetic
    white-hot
    intensely zealous or fervid
    passionate
    having or expressing strong emotions
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  6. adjective
    feeling or showing no enthusiasm
    “a cold audience”
    “a cold response to the new play”
    Synonyms:
    unenthusiastic
    not enthusiastic; lacking excitement or ardor
  7. adjective
    sexually unresponsive
    “was cold to his advances”
    Synonyms:
    unloving
    not giving or reciprocating affection
  8. adjective
    without compunction or human feeling
    “in cold blood”
    cold-blooded killing”
    synonyms: cold-blooded, inhuman, insensate
    inhumane
    reflecting lack of pity or compassion
  9. adjective
    lacking originality or spontaneity; no longer new
    synonyms: dusty, moth-eaten, stale
    unoriginal
    not original; not being or productive of something fresh and unusual
  10. adjective
    having lost freshness through passage of time
    “a cold trail”
    “dogs attempting to catch a cold scent”
    Synonyms:
    stale
    lacking freshness, palatability, or showing deterioration from age
  11. adjective
    of a seeker; far from the object sought
    Synonyms:
    far
    located at a great distance in time or space or degree
  12. adjective
    (color) giving no sensation of warmth
    “a cold bluish grey”
    Synonyms:
    cool
    (color) inducing the impression of coolness; used especially of greens and blues and violets
  13. adjective
    marked by errorless familiarity
    “had her lines cold before rehearsals started”
    Synonyms:
    perfect
    being complete of its kind and without defect or blemish
  14. adjective
    so intense as to be almost uncontrollable
    cold fury gripped him”
    Synonyms:
    intense
    possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to a heightened degree
  15. adjective
    unconscious from a blow or shock or intoxication
    “the boxer was out cold
    “pass out cold
    Synonyms:
    unconscious
    not conscious; lacking awareness and the capacity for sensory perception as if asleep or dead
  16. noun
    a mild viral infection involving the nose and respiratory passages (but not the lungs)
    “will they never find a cure for the common cold?”
    synonyms: common cold
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    types:
    head cold
    a common cold affecting the nasal passages and resulting in congestion and sneezing and headache
    type of:
    communicable disease
    a disease that can be communicated from one person to another
    respiratory disease, respiratory disorder, respiratory illness
    a disease affecting the respiratory system
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