(noun, adjective, adverb)


1. 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

Similar word(s): frozen, acold, algid, arctic, frigid, gelid, glacial, icy, polar, bleak, cutting, raw, chilly, parky, crisp, frosty, nipping, nippy, snappy, frigorific, frore, rimed, rimy, heatless, refrigerant, refrigerating, refrigerated, shivery, unheated, unwarmed, cool

2. extended meanings; especially of psychological coldness; without human warmth or emotion

- a cold unfriendly nod

- a cold and unaffectionate person

- a cold impersonal manner

Similar word(s): emotionless, passionless, frigid, frosty, frozen, glacial, icy, wintry, passionless, cool

3. having lost freshness through passage of time

- a cold trail

- dogs attempting to catch a cold scent

Similar word(s): stale

4. (color) giving no sensation of warmth

- a cold bluish grey

Similar word(s): cool

5. marked by errorless familiarity

- had her lines cold before rehearsals started

Similar word(s): perfect

6. lacking originality or spontaneity; no longer new

Similar word(s): unoriginal, dusty, stale

7. so intense as to be almost uncontrollable

- cold fury gripped him

Similar word(s): intense

8. sexually unresponsive

- was cold to his advances

Similar word(s): unloving, frigid

9. without compunction or human feeling

- in cold blood

- cold-blooded killing

Similar word(s): inhumane, inhuman, insensate

10. feeling or showing no enthusiasm

- a cold audience

- a cold response to the new play

Similar word(s): unenthusiastic

11. unconscious from a blow or shock or intoxication

- the boxer was out cold

- pass out cold

- I knocked him out cold.

Similar word(s): unconscious

12. of a seeker; far from the object sought

Similar word(s): far

13. lacking the warmth of life

- cold in his grave

Similar word(s): dead

Sentences with cold as an adjective:

- A cold wind whistled through the trees.

- The forecast is that it will be very cold today.

- She was so cold she was shivering.

- She shot me a cold glance before turning her back.

- Let's look at this tomorrow with a cold head.

- He's a nice guy, but the cold facts say we should fire him.

- The cold truth is that states rarely undertake military action unless their national interests are at stake.

- He was assigned cold calls for the first three months.

- After one more beer he passed out cold.

- Practice your music scales until you know them cold.

- Try both these maneuvers until you have them cold and can do them in the dark without thinking.

- Rehearse your lines until you have them down cold.

- Keep that list in front of you, or memorize it cold.

- With that receipt, we have them cold for fraud.

- Criminal interrogation. Initially they will dream up explanations faster than you could ever do so, but when they become fatigued, often they will acknowledge that you have them cold.

- a cold scent

- You're cold … getting warmer … hot! You've found it!


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.


1. a mild viral infection involving the nose and respiratory passages (but not the lungs)

- will they never find a cure for the common cold?

Definition categories: state

2. the absence of heat

- the coldness made our breath visible

- come in out of the cold

- cold is a vasoconstrictor

Similar word(s): coldness, frigidity, frigidness

Definition categories: attribute, pressor, vasoconstrictive, vasoconstrictor, temperature

3. the sensation produced by low temperatures

- he shivered from the cold

- the cold helped clear his head

Similar word(s): coldness

Definition categories: thought, temperature

Sentences with cold as a noun:

- Come in, out of the cold.

- I caught a miserable cold and had to stay home for a week.