What is the difference between cool and cold?

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Cool is a synonym of cold.


As adjectives the difference between cool and cold

is that cool is having a slightly low temperature; mildly or pleasantly cold while cold is (of a thing) having a low temperature.

As nouns the difference between cool and cold

is that cool is a moderate or refreshing state of cold; moderate temperature of the air between hot and cold; coolness while cold is a condition of low temperature.

As a verb cool

is (literally|intransitive) to lose heat, to get colder.

As a adverb cold is

while at low temperature.

cool

English

Alternative forms

* (slang) coo, kewl, kool, qewl, qool

Etymology 1

From (etyl), from (etyl) . Related to (l).

Adjective

(er)
  • Having a slightly low temperature; mildly or pleasantly cold.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=8 , passage=The day was cool and snappy for August, and the Rise all green with a lavish nature. Now we plunged into a deep shade with the boughs lacing each other overhead, and crossed dainty, rustic bridges over the cold trout-streams, the boards giving back the clatter of our horses' feet:
  • Allowing or suggesting heat relief.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=2 citation , passage=Now that she had rested and had fed from the luncheon tray Mrs. Broome had just removed, she had reverted to her normal gaiety.  She looked cool in a grey tailored cotton dress with a terracotta scarf and shoes and her hair a black silk helmet.}}
  • Of a person, not showing emotion, calm and in self-control.
  • Unenthusiastic, lukewarm, skeptical.
  • Calmly audacious.
  • * (Nathaniel Hawthorne) (1804-1864)
  • Its cool stare of familiarity was intolerable.
  • * 1944 November 28, Irving Brecher and Fred F. Finklehoffe, Meet Me in St. Louis , Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer:
  • My father was talking to the World's Fair Commission yesterday, and they estimate it's going to cost a cool fifty million.
  • (label) Of a person, knowing what to do and how to behave; considered popular by others.
  • (label) In fashion, part of or fitting the in crowd; originally hipster slang.
  • * 2008 , Lou Schuler, "Foreward", in'' Nate Green, ''Built for Show , page xii
  • The fact that I was middle-aged, bald, married, and raising girls instead of chasing them didn't really bother me. Muscles are cool at any age.
  • (label) Of an action, all right; acceptable; that does not present a problem.
  • (label) A dismissal of a comment perceived as boring or pointless.
  • (label) Of a person, not upset by circumstances that might ordinarily be upsetting.
  • * (Henry Fielding) (1707-1754)
  • He had lost a cool hundred.
  • * (Charles Dickens) (1812-1870)
  • leaving a cool four thousand to Mr. Matthew Pocket
    Synonyms
    * (having a slightly low temperature) chilly * (not showing emotion) distant, phlegmatic, standoffish, unemotional * (in fashion) ** (standard) , fashionable, in fashion, modish, stylish ** (colloquial or slang) happening, hip, in, trendy * (acceptable) acceptable, all right, OK * (not upset) easy, fine, not bothered, not fussed'''
    Antonyms
    * (having a slightly low temperature) lukewarm, tepid, warm * (not showing emotion) passionate * (knowing what to do and how to behave) awkward, uncool * (in fashion) , old hat, out, out of fashion * (acceptable) not cricket (UK), not on, unacceptable * (not upset) bothered, upset * (unenthusiastic) warm
    Derived terms
    * cool head * coolish * coolly * coolness * keep one's cool * lose one's cool * uncool
    Quotations
    * The earliest use of the word in this way seems to be in ' "The Moonstone" 1868: *: "She has been a guest of yours at this house," I answered. "May I venture to suggest — if nothing was said about me beforehand — that I might see her here?" *: "Cool!" said Mr. Bruff. With that one word of comment on the reply that I had made to him, he took another turn up and down the room. *: "In plain English," he said, "my house is to be turned into a trap to catch Rachel ... * In 1602, Shakespeare wrote that Queen Gertrude told Hamlet: *: "O gentle son, Upon the heat and flame of thy distemper, Sprinkle cool patience."

    Noun

    (-)
  • A moderate or refreshing state of cold; moderate temperature of the air between hot and cold; coolness.
  • in the cool of the morning
  • A calm temperament.
  • Synonyms
    *(calm temperament) calmness, composure

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) colen, from (etyl) , altered to resemble the adjective cool. See (l).

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • (literally) To lose heat, to get colder.
  • I like to let my tea cool before drinking it so I don't burn my tongue.
  • To make cooler, less warm.
  • * Bible, Luke xvi. 24:
  • Send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue.
  • (figuratively) To become less intense, e.g. less amicable or passionate.
  • Relations cooled between the USA and the USSR after 1980.
  • To make less intense, e.g. less amicable or passionate.
  • * Shakespeare:
  • We have reason to cool our raging motions, our carnal stings, our unbitted lusts.
    Derived terms
    * coolant * cooler * cooling * cool off * cool down * cool it * cool one's heels * cool one's jets

    Anagrams

    * * 1000 English basic words ----

    cold

    English

    Adjective

    (er)
  • (label) Having a low temperature.
  • *
  • (label) Causing the air to be cold.
  • (label) Feeling the sensation of coldness, especially to the point of discomfort.
  • Unfriendly, emotionally distant or unfeeling.
  • * 2011 April 23, (Doctor Who), series 6, episode 1, (The Impossible Astronaut):
  • RIVER SONG (upon seeing the still-living DOCTOR, moments after he made her and two other friends watch what they thought was his death): This is cold'. Even by your standards, this is ' cold .
  • *
  • Dispassionate, not prejudiced or partisan, impartial.
  • Completely unprepared; without introduction.
  • Unconscious or deeply asleep; deprived of the metaphorical heat associated with life or consciousness.
  • (label) Perfectly, exactly, completely; by heart.
  • (label) Cornered, done for.
  • *
  • (label) Not pungent or acrid.
  • * (Francis Bacon) (1561-1626)
  • cold plants
  • (label) Unexciting; dull; uninteresting.
  • * (Ben Jonson) (1572-1637)
  • What a deal of cold business doth a man misspend the better part of life in!
  • * (Joseph Addison) (1672-1719)
  • The jest grows cold when it comes on in a second scene.
  • Affecting the sense of smell (as of hunting dogs) only feebly; having lost its odour.
  • (label) Not sensitive; not acute.
  • * (William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • Smell this business with a sense as cold / As is a dead man's nose.
  • Distant; said, in the game of hunting for some object, of a seeker remote from the thing concealed. Compare warm'' and ''hot .
  • (label) Having a bluish effect; not warm in colour.
  • Synonyms

    * chilled, chilly, freezing, frigid, glacial, icy, cool * (of the weather) (qualifier) brass monkeys, nippy, parky, taters * (of a person or animal) * (unfriendly) aloof, distant, hostile, standoffish, unfriendly, unwelcoming * (unprepared) unprepared, unready * See also

    Antonyms

    * (having a low temperature) baking, boiling, heated, hot, scorching, searing, torrid, warm * (of the weather) hot (See the corresponding synonyms of (hot).) * (of a person or animal) hot (See the corresponding synonyms of (hot).) * (unfriendly) amiable, friendly, welcoming * (unprepared) prepared, primed, ready

    Derived terms

    * as cold as charity * as cold as ice, cold as ice * as cold as the grave, cold as the grave * blow hot and cold * brass monkeys * bring someone out in a cold sweat * coldness * cold-blooded * cold call * cold case * cold cash * cold comfort * cold cream * cold cuts * cold-eyed * cold feet/get cold feet * cold fish * cold front * * cold-hearted * cold one * cold-read * cold reading * cold snap * cold start * cold storage * cold store * cold sweat * cold turkey * cold war * cold-weld * come in from the cold * freezing cold * get cold feet * give someone the cold shoulder * in cold blood * in the cold light of day * leave someone cold * leave someone out in the cold * make someone's blood run cold * stone-cold * throw cold water on

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A condition of low temperature.
  • Come in, out of the cold .
  • (medicine) A common, usually harmless, viral illness, usually with congestion of the nasal passages and sometimes fever.
  • I caught a miserable cold and had to stay home for a week.

    Synonyms

    * (low temperature) coldness * (illness) common cold, coryza, head cold

    Derived terms

    * bitter cold * brass monkey weather * catch cold * catch one's death of cold * cold sore * cold virus * common cold * head cold

    Coordinate terms

    * freeze, frost

    Adverb

    (en adverb)
  • While at low temperature.
  • ''The steel was processed cold .
  • Without preparation.
  • The speaker went in cold and floundered for a topic.
  • With finality.
  • I knocked him out cold .

    Statistics

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    Anagrams

    * clod

    See also

    * cool * fresh * lukewarm * tepid 1000 English basic words