Meaning of COOL in English

COOL

/ kuːl; NAmE / adjective , verb , noun

■ adjective

( cool·er , cool·est )

FAIRLY COLD

1.

fairly cold; not hot or warm :

a cool breeze / drink / climate

Cooler weather is forecast for the weekend.

Let's sit in the shade and keep cool.

Store lemons in a cool dry place.

➡ note at cold

COLOURS

2.

making you feel pleasantly cool :

a room painted in cool greens and blues

CALM

3.

calm; not excited, angry or emotional :

Keep cool!

She tried to remain cool, calm and collected (= calm) .

He has a cool head (= he stays calm in an emergency) .

NOT FRIENDLY / ENTHUSIASTIC

4.

not friendly, interested or enthusiastic :

She was decidedly cool about the proposal.

They gave the Prime Minister a cool reception .

APPROVING

5.

( informal ) used to show that you admire or approve of something because it is fashionable, attractive and often different :

You look pretty cool with that new haircut.

It's a cool movie.

➡ note at great

6.

( informal ) people say Cool! or That's cool to show that they approve of sth or agree to a suggestion :

'We're meeting Jake for lunch and we can go on the yacht in the afternoon.' 'Cool!'

'Can you come at 10.30 tomorrow?' 'That's cool'.

I was surprised that she got the job, but I'm cool with it (= it's not a problem for me) .

CONFIDENT

7.

( informal ) calm and confident in a way that lacks respect for other people, but makes people admire you as well as disapprove :

She just took his keys and walked out with them, cool as you please.

MONEY

8.

[ only before noun ] ( informal ) used about a sum of money to emphasize how large it is :

The car cost a cool thirty thousand.

—see also coolly , coolness

IDIOMS

- (as) cool as a cucumber

- play it cool

■ verb

BECOME COLDER

1.

to become or to make sb/sth become cool or cooler :

[ v ]

Glass contracts as it cools.

[ vn ]

The cylinder is cooled by a jet of water.

BECOME CALMER

2.

[ v ] to become calmer, less excited or less enthusiastic :

I think we should wait until tempers have cooled.

Relations between them have definitely cooled (= they are not as friendly with each other as they were) .

IDIOMS

- cool it!

- cool your heels

PHRASAL VERBS

- cool down / off

- cool sb down / off

- cool sth down / off

■ noun

the cool [ sing. ] cool air or a cool place :

the cool of the evening

IDIOMS

- keep your cool

- lose your cool

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WORD ORIGIN

Old English cōl (noun), cōlian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch koel , also to cold .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.