Meaning of COLD in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ koʊld ]

( colder, coldest, colds)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


Something that is cold has a very low temperature or a lower temperature than is normal or acceptable.

Rinse the vegetables under cold running water...

He likes his tea neither too hot nor too cold...

Your dinner’s getting cold.

≠ hot, warm


• cold‧ness

She complained about the coldness of his hands.

≠ warmth

N-UNCOUNT : usu with supp


If it is cold , or if a place is cold , the temperature of the air is very low.

It was bitterly cold...

The house is cold because I can’t afford to turn the heat on...

This is the coldest winter I can remember.

≠ hot, warm

ADJ : oft it v-link ADJ

• cold‧ness

Within quarter of an hour the coldness of the night had gone.

N-UNCOUNT : usu with supp


Cold weather or low temperatures can be referred to as the cold .

He must have come inside to get out of the cold...

His feet were blue with cold.

≠ heat

N-UNCOUNT : also the N


If you are cold , your body is at an unpleasantly low temperature.

I was freezing cold...

I’m hungry, I’m cold and I’ve nowhere to sleep.

ADJ : usu v-link ADJ


Cold food, such as salad or meat that has been cooked and cooled, is not intended to be eaten hot.

A wide variety of hot and cold snacks will be available.

...cold meats.

≠ hot

ADJ : usu ADJ n


Cold colours or cold light give an impression of coldness.

Generally, warm colours advance in painting and cold colours recede.

...the cold blue light from a streetlamp.

≠ warm



A cold person does not show much emotion, especially affection, and therefore seems unfriendly and unsympathetic. If someone’s voice is cold , they speak in an unfriendly unsympathetic way.

What a cold, unfeeling woman she was...

‘Send her away,’ Eve said in a cold, hard voice.

≠ warm

ADJ [ disapproval ]

• cold‧ly

‘I’ll see you in the morning,’ Hugh said coldly.


• cold‧ness

His coldness angered her.



A cold trail or scent is one which is old and therefore difficult to follow.

He could follow a cold trail over hard ground and even over stones.

≠ fresh



If you have a cold , you have a mild, very common illness which makes you sneeze a lot and gives you a sore throat or a cough.



see also common cold


If you catch cold , or catch a cold , you become ill with a cold.

Let’s dry our hair so we don’t catch cold.

PHRASE : V inflects


If something leaves you cold , it fails to excite or interest you.

Lawrence is one of those writers who either excite you enormously or leave you cold.

PHRASE : V inflects


If someone is out cold , they are unconscious or sleeping very heavily.

She was out cold but still breathing.

PHRASE : v-link PHR


in cold blood: see blood

to get cold feet: see foot

to blow hot and cold: see hot

to pour cold water on something : see water

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