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Cold appears in the following tongue twisters:

  • The bottle of perfume that Willy sent
    was highly displeasing to Millicent.
    Her thanks were so cold
    that they quarreled, I'm told
    o'er that silly scent Willy sent Millicent
  • Whether the weather be fine
    or whether the weather be not.
    Whether the weather be cold
    or whether the weather be hot.
    We'll weather the weather
    whether we like it or not.

Cold appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Edith, cold-eyed, eyed loch tide.
  • Eva, can I brag one row I’d lock rats to got stark cold?: I wore no garb in a cave.
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Usage statistics for the adjective cold:

conversational speech80.08%task-oriented speech19.92% imaginative writing77.26%informational writing22.74%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective cold:

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Cold is sometimes a misspelling of colt.

The word cold is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the adjective cold

What does cold mean as an attribute of a noun?

Cold is one of the top 50 most common adjectives in the English language.View more statistics!

adjective - degrees: colder | coldest

  1. having a low or inadequate temperature or feeling a sensation of coldness or having been made cold by e.g. ice or refrigeration
  2. extended meanings; especially of psychological coldness; without human warmth or emotion
  3. having lost freshness through passage of time
    • examples: a cold trail | dogs attempting to catch a cold scent
    • similar: stale
  4. (color) giving no sensation of warmth
    • example: a cold bluish grey
    • similar: cool
  5. marked by errorless familiarity
    • example: had her lines cold before rehearsals started
    • similar: perfect
  6. lacking originality or spontaneity; no longer new
  7. so intense as to be almost uncontrollable
    • example: cold fury gripped him
    • similar: intense
  8. sexually unresponsive
    • example: was cold to his advances
    • synonym of cold: frigid
    • similar: unloving
  9. without compunction or human feeling
  10. feeling or showing no enthusiasm
    • examples: a cold audience | a cold response to the new play
    • similar: unenthusiastic
  11. unconscious from a blow or shock or intoxication
    • examples: the boxer was out cold | pass out cold
    • similar: unconscious
  12. of a seeker; far from the object sought
  13. lacking the warmth of life
    • example: cold in his grave
    • similar: dead

Alternative definition of the adjective cold


  1. [context: of a thing] Having a low temperature.
  2. [context: of the weather] Causing the air to be cold.
  3. [context: of a person or animal] Feeling the sensation of coldness, especially to the point of discomfort.
    • antonym: hot (See the corresponding synonyms of [term, hot].)
  4. Unfriendly, emotionally distant or unfeeling.
  5. Dispassionate, not prejudiced or partisan, impartial.
  6. Completely unprepared; without introduction.
  7. Unconscious or deeply asleep; deprived of the metaphorical heat associated with life or consciousness.
  8. [usually, with "have" or "know" transitively] Perfectly, exactly, completely; by heart.
  9. [usually, with "have" transitively] Cornered, done for.

Definition of the adverb cold

What does cold mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


  1. While at low temperature.
  2. Without preparation.
  3. With finality.

Definition of the noun cold

What does cold mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: colds

  1. a mild viral infection involving the nose and respiratory passages (but not the lungs)
  2. the absence of heat
  3. the sensation produced by low temperatures
    • examples: he shivered from the cold | the cold helped clear his head
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonym of cold: coldness
    • more generic word: temperature = the somatic sensation of cold or heat

Alternative definition of the noun cold


  1. A condition of low temperature.
  2. [medicine] A common, usually harmless, viral illness, usually with congestion of the nasal passages and sometimes fever.


Cold is an American grunge/alternative/hard rock band, formed in 1996 in Jacksonville, Florida. With two gold-albums, Cold has sold over one million records in the US alone. On November 17, 2006, it was announced on MySpace that, after a period of uncertainty since that February, the group had decided to disband. In July 2008, it was announced that the original line-up would reunite for a tour in early 2009. This became permanent and the band released their fifth studio album Superfiction on July 19, 2011.


  1. "Cold": Cold is the debut album by American alternative metal band Cold. The album produced two singles: "Go Away" and "Give.
  2. "Cold" is a song by American hip hop recording artist Kanye West, released as the second single from the album Cruel Summer. The song, which features DJ Khaled, was made available for purchase on the iTunes Store on April 17, 2012. Songwriting is credited to West, Chauncey Hollis, James Todd Smith and Marlon Williams, while production was handled by Hit-Boy. Lyrically, the song features West boasting about his personal issues and touching on subjects such as his relationship with Kim Kardashian, his breakup with Amber Rose, and his feelings on Wiz Khalifa and Kris Humphries. The song received positive reviews from music critics, who praised West's lyrical performance and the boldness of his subject matter. The song contains an interpolation of "Lookin' at Me" as performed by Mase and Puff Daddy, and a sample of "Illegal Search" also performed by LL Cool J.
    • also known as Way Too Cold
  3. "Cold" is the third single of Static-X's second studio album, Machine. An alternative version of the song was used on Queen of the Damned soundtrack.
  4. "Cold" is a song by the British singer Annie Lennox. It was released as the fourth single from her 1992 album, Diva, and reached no. 26 in the UK.
  5. "Cold" is the fourth studio album by the American Dark Wave band Lycia, released in 1996 through Projekt Records.
  6. "Cold" is a musical single of Annie Lennox.
    • also known as Cold: Colder, Cold: Coldest
    • released in (23 years ago)
  7. "Cold" is the first single released in May 2004 by the rock band Crossfade. It was the lead single released from their debut full-length self-titled album Crossfade in 2004. It fared exceptionally well on rock charts worldwide and is their biggest hit to date, reaching #81 on the U.S. Hot 100, #3 on the U.S. Mainstream Rock Tracks, and #2 on the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks, as well as reaching #48 on the UK Singles Chart. The song was released as downloadable content for Rock Band 3 and Rock Band Blitz on November 20, 2012.
  8. "Cold" is a song by the British band Tears for Fears. Released in July 1993, it was the second single from the album Elemental. The single peaked at #72 in the UK, and also entered the Top 100 in France.
  9. "Cold" is a song written by American R&B/soul singer Maxwell and Hod David. The song is the B-side to his number-one R&B hit single "Pretty Wings", and released from his album BLACKsummers'night. Cold was released as a single in June 2009, peaking to number-one on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Sales and number-two on Hot 100 Singles Sales.
  10. "Cold" is a composition.
  11. "Cold" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  12. "Cold" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  13. "Cold" is the 2012 single album by Kanye West featuring DJ Khaled.
  14. "Cold" is a composition.
  15. "Cold" is a musical album of Khors.
    • released on (8 years ago)
  16. "Cold" is a musical album of Morgenstern.
    • released in (15 years ago)
  17. "Cold" is a musical single of Koop Arponen.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  18. "Cold" is a 1993 single album by Tears for Fears.
    • released on (21 years ago)


"COLD", first published in 1996, was the sixteenth and final novel by John Gardner featuring Ian Fleming's secret agent, James Bond. Carrying the Glidrose Publications copyright, it was first published in the United Kingdom by Hodder & Stoughton and in the United States by Putnam.

  • also known as "COLDalso Cold Fall"
  • language: English Language
  • character: James Bond
  • genre: Spy fiction
  • released on (19 years ago)


  1. "Cold": Soğuk is a 2013 film written and directed by Ugur Yücel.
  2. "Cold" a.k.a. "Flu" is a 2013 South Korean disaster film written and directed by Kim Sung-su about an outbreak of a deadly disease which throws a city into chaos. It stars Jang Hyuk and Soo Ae.
    • read more about Flu
  3. "Cold" is a 2011 drama short film written by Jørn Kurt Bergo and directed by Lisa Marie Gamlem.


Cold refers to the condition or subjective perception of having low temperature, the absence of hot.

Phrases with Cold

Phrases starting with the word Cold:

  1. Cold One
  2. Cold Tap
  3. cold war
  4. Cold Boot
  5. Cold Call
  6. Cold Case
  7. cold cash
  8. Cold Cock
  9. cold cuts
  10. Cold deck
  11. cold duck
  12. cold feet
  13. cold fish
  14. Cold Meat
  15. Cold open
  16. Cold Read
  17. Cold Sell
  18. cold snap

Phrases ending with the word Cold:

  1. I'm Cold
  2. ice-cold

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Cold

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Google previewDental Office and Laboratory (1907)

The word cold means simply the absence of heat, just the same as darkness means the absence of light. No matter how brightly a room may be illuminated, by adding more lights the illumination will be increased, but a room in which there ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Cold War Counterintelligence (2007)

by Nigel West

The literature recording the Cold War's counterintelligence conflict is impressively comprehensive, despite the clandestine nature of the operations undertaken by the adversaries, one explanation being that some of the principal protagonists ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of U.S. Diplomacy since the Cold War (2007)

by Tom Lansford

The post–Cold War diplomacy of the United States has evolved in stages that reflect changes in the international system. Through the 1990s, the nation's foreign affairs were marked by an evolution away from the post–World War II focus on ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Chemistry (1827)

In which the Principles of the Science are Investigated ... by Andrew Ure

cold e - Pyrmont (1) - - - 895.0 19.6 ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Conflicts Since World War II (2015)

by James Ciment

The Cold War¦a term coined by journalist and scholar Walter Lippmann in 1947¦ refers to the forty-five-year-long confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union that began at the end of World War II and ended with the collapse of ...

Google previewEncyclopaedic dictionary of political science (2003)

by Kush Satyendra

Cold War The struggle between the U.S. and Western Europe against the Soviet Union and its Eastern European allies. It involved confrontation but no actual "hot " warfare. The Cold War began in the 1940s when the U.S. believed it was ...

Google previewInstant encyclopaedia of geography (1993)

by Shatrughna Prasad Sinha

Cold. Environments. Progress in studies of glacial and periglacial processes has, in the last thirty years or so, been more rapid than in any other similar period since the advent of the glacial theory itself approximately 150 years ago. In the field ...

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Usage statistics for the adjective cold:

conversational speech80.08%task-oriented speech19.92% imaginative writing77.26%informational writing22.74%

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Quotes about Cold

Cold tea and cold rice are tolerable; cold looks and cold words aren't.
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Scrabble value of C3O1L1D2

The value of this 4-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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