(1)   Lacking the warmth of life
"Cold in his grave"
(2)   Of a seeker; far from the object sought
(3)   Unconscious from a blow or shock or intoxication
"The boxer was out cold"
"Pass out cold"
(4)   Feeling or showing no enthusiasm
"A cold audience"
"A cold response to the new play"
(5)   Having lost freshness through passage of time
"A cold trail"
"Dogs attempting to catch a cold scent"
(6)   Used of physical coldness; 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"
(7)   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"
(8)   Without compunction or human feeling
"In cold blood"
"Cold-blooded killing"
"Insensate destruction"
(9)   Sexually unresponsive
"Was cold to his advances"
"A frigid woman"
(10)   So intense as to be almost uncontrollable
"Cold fury gripped him"
(11)   No longer new; uninteresting
"Cold (or stale) news"
(12)   Marked by errorless familiarity
"Had her lines cold before rehearsals started"
(13)   (color) giving no sensation of warmth
"A cold bluish grey"


(14)   The absence of heat
"The coldness made our breath visible"
"Come in out of the cold"
"Cold is a vasoconstrictor"
(15)   The sensation produced by low temperatures
"He shivered from the cold"
"The cold helped clear his head"
(16)   A mild viral infection involving the nose and respiratory passages (but not the lungs)
"Will they never find a cure for the common cold?"


, the Anglian form of West Saxon , from , a participle form of . Cognate with West Frisian , Dutch , German , Swedish , Danish .


  1. Having a low temperature.
    A cold wind whistled through the trees.
  2. Causing the air to be cold.
    The forecast is that it will be very cold today.
  3. Feeling the sensation of coldness, especially to the point of discomfort.
    She was so cold she was shivering.
  4. Unfriendly, emotionally distant or unfeeling.
    She shot me a cold glance before turning her back.
  5. Completely unprepared; without introduction.
    He was assigned cold calls for the first three months.
  6. Deprived of the metaphorical heat associated with life or consciousness
    I knocked him out cold.


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  • See also Wikisaurus:cold


baking, boiling, heated, hot, scorching, searing, torrid, warm hot (See the corresponding synonyms of .) hot (See the corresponding synonyms of .) amiable, friendly, welcoming prepared, primed, ready


  1. A condition of low temperature.
    Come in, out of the cold.
  2. A common, usually harmless, viral illness, usually with congestion of the nasal passages and sometimes fever.
    I caught a miserable cold and had to stay home for a week.


  1. While at low temperature.
    The steel was processed cold.
  2. Without preparation.
    The speaker went in cold and floundered for a topic.
  3. With finality.
    I knocked him out cold.