Meaning of COOL in English


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( cooler, coolest, cools, cooling, cooled)

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


Something that is cool has a temperature which is low but not very low.

I felt a current of cool air...

The vaccines were kept cool in refrigerators.

≠ warm



If it is cool , or if a place is cool , the temperature of the air is low but not very low.

Thank goodness it’s cool in here...

Store grains and cereals in a cool, dry place.

...a cool November evening.

≠ warm

ADJ : oft it v-link ADJ

Cool is also a noun.

She walked into the cool of the hallway.

N-SING : the N , oft N of n


Clothing that is cool is made of thin material so that you do not become too hot in hot weather.

In warm weather, you should wear clothing that is cool and comfortable.

≠ warm



Cool colours are light colours which give an impression of coolness.

Choose a cool colour such as cream...

≠ warm



When something cools or when you cool it, it becomes lower in temperature.

Drain the meat and allow it to cool...

Huge fans will have to cool the concrete floor to keep it below 150 degrees.

...a cooling breeze.

VERB : V , V n , V-ing

To cool down means the same as to cool .

Avoid putting your car away until the engine has cooled down...

The other main way the body cools itself down is by panting.



When a feeling or emotion cools , or when you cool it, it becomes less powerful.

Within a few minutes tempers had cooled...

His weird behaviour had cooled her passion.

VERB : V , V n


If you say that a person or their behaviour is cool , you mean that they are calm and unemotional, especially in a difficult situation.

He was marvelously cool again, smiling as if nothing had happened...

= calm

ADJ [ approval ]

• cool‧ly

Everyone must think this situation through calmly and coolly.

...coolly ‘objective’ professionals.



If you say that a person or their behaviour is cool , you mean that they are unfriendly or not enthusiastic.

I didn’t like him at all. I thought he was cool, aloof, and arrogant...

The idea met with a cool response...


• cool‧ly

‘It’s your choice, Nina,’ David said coolly.

ADV : usu ADV with v , also ADV adj


If you say that a person or their behaviour is cool , you mean that they are fashionable and attractive. ( INFORMAL )

He was trying to be really cool and trendy.

ADJ [ approval ]


If you say that someone is cool about something, you mean that they accept it and are not angry or upset about it. ( mainly AM INFORMAL )

Bev was really cool about it all.

ADJ : v-link ADJ , oft ADJ about n [ approval ]


If you say that something is cool , you think it is very good. ( INFORMAL )

Kathleen gave me a really cool dress.

= neat



You can use cool to emphasize that an amount or figure is very large, especially when it has been obtained easily. ( INFORMAL )

Columbia recently re-signed the band for a cool $30 million.

ADJ : ADJ n [ emphasis ]


If you keep your cool in a difficult situation, you manage to remain calm. If you lose your cool , you get angry or upset. ( INFORMAL )

She kept her cool and managed to get herself out of the ordeal...

PHRASE : V inflects


If you play it cool , you deliberately behave in a calm, unemotional way because you do not want people to know you are enthusiastic or angry about something. ( INFORMAL )

It’s ridiculous to play it cool if someone you’re mad about is mad about you too.

PHRASE : V inflects


as cool as a cucumber: see cucumber

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