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Webster 1913 Edition


Cool

Cool

,
Adj.
[
Com
par.
Cooler
;
sup
erl.
Coolest
.]
[AS.
cōl
; akin to D.
koel
, G.
kühl
, OHG. chouli, Dan.
kölig
, Sw.
kylig
, also to AS.
calan
to be cold, Icel.
kala
. See
Cold
, and cf.
Chill
.]
1.
Moderately cold; between warm and cold; lacking in warmth; producing or promoting coolness.
Fanned with
cool
winds.
Milton.
2.
Not ardent, warm, fond, or passionate; not hasty; deliberate; exercising self-control; self-possessed; dispassionate; indifferent;
as, a
cool
lover; a
cool
debater
.
For a patriot, too
cool
.
Goldsmith.
3.
Not retaining heat; light;
as, a
cool
dress
.
4.
Manifesting coldness or dislike; chilling; apathetic;
as, a
cool
manner
.
5.
Quietly impudent; negligent of propriety in matters of minor importance, either ignorantly or willfully; presuming and selfish; audacious;
as,
cool
behavior
.
Its
cool
stare of familiarity was intolerable.
Hawthorne.
6.
Applied facetiously, in a vague sense, to a sum of money, commonly as if to give emphasis to the largeness of the amount.
He had lost a
cool
hundred.
Fielding.
Syn. – Calm; dispassionate; self-possessed; composed; repulsive; frigid; alienated; impudent.

Cool

,
Noun.
A moderate state of cold; coolness; – said of the temperature of the air between hot and cold;
as, the
cool
of the day; the
cool
of the morning or evening
.

Cool

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Cooled
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Cooling
.]
1.
To make cool or cold; to reduce the temperature of;
as, ice
cools
water
.
Send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and
cool
my tongue.
Luke xvi. 24.
2.
To moderate the heat or excitement of; to allay, as passion of any kind; to calm; to moderate.
We have reason to
cool
our raging motions, our carnal stings, our unbitted lusts.
Shakespeare
To cool the heels
,
to dance attendance; to wait, as for admission to a patron’s house.
[Colloq.]
Dryden.

Cool

,
Verb.
I.
1.
To become less hot; to lose heat.
I saw a smith stand with his hammer, thus,
the whilst his iron did on the anvil
cool
.
Shakespeare
2.
To lose the heat of excitement or passion; to become more moderate.
I will not give myself liberty to think, lest I should
cool
.
Congreve.

Webster 1828 Edition


Cool

COOL

,
Adj.
[G., cold, to cool; chilliness; to blow strong.]
1.
Moderately cold; being of a temperature between hot and cold; as cool air; cool water.
2.
Not ardent or zealous; not angry; not fond; not excited by passion of any kind; indifferent; as a cool friend; a cool temper; a cool lover.
3.
Not retaining heat; light; as a cool dress.

COOL

,
Noun.
A moderate state of cold; moderate temperature of the air between hot and cold; as the cool of the day; the cool of the morning or evening.

COOL

,
Verb.
T.
1.
To allay heat; to make cool or cold; to reduce the temperature of a substance; as, ice wools water.
Send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue. Luke 16.
2.
To moderate excitement of temper; to allay, as passion of any kind; to calm, as anger; to abate, as love; to moderate, as desire, zeal or ardor; to render indifferent.

COOL

, v.i.
1.
To become less hot; to lose heat. Let tea or coffee cool to the temperature of the blood, before it is drank.
2.
To lose the heat of excitement or passion; to become less ardent, angry, zealous, or affectionate; to become more moderate. Speak not in a passion; first let your temper cool.

Definition 2021


cool

cool

See also: COOL

English

Alternative forms

Adjective

cool (comparative cooler, superlative coolest)

  1. Having a slightly low temperature; mildly or pleasantly cold.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 8, in The Celebrity:
      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: [] .
  2. Allowing or suggesting heat relief.
    a cool grey colour
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 2, in The China Governess:
      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.
  3. Of a person, not showing emotion, calm and in self-control.
  4. Unenthusiastic, lukewarm, skeptical.
    His proposals had a cool reception.
  5. Calmly audacious.
    In control as always, he came up with a cool plan.
    • 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.
  6. (informal) Of a person, knowing what to do and how to behave; considered popular by others.
  7. (informal) 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.
  8. (informal) Of an action, all right; acceptable; that does not present a problem.
    Is it cool if I sleep here tonight?
  9. (informal) Of a person, not upset by circumstances that might ordinarily be upsetting.
    I'm completely cool about my girlfriend leaving me.
  10. Applied facetiously to a sum of money, commonly as if to give emphasis to the largeness of the amount.
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Quotations
  • ^  The earliest use of the word in this way seems to be in Wilkie Collins' "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."
Translations

Noun

cool (uncountable)

  1. A moderate or refreshing state of cold; moderate temperature of the air between hot and cold; coolness.
    in the cool of the morning
  2. A calm temperament.
Synonyms
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Etymology 2

From Middle English colen, from Old English cōlian (to cool, grow cold, be cold), from Proto-Germanic *kōlēną (to become cold), from Proto-Indo-European *gel- (to freeze). Cognate with Dutch koelen (to cool), German kühlen (to cool), Swedish, häftig (cool)kyla (to cool, refrigerate). Also partially from Middle English kelen, from Old English cēlan (to cool, be cold, become cold), from Proto-Germanic *kōlijaną (to cool), altered to resemble the adjective cool. See keel.

Verb

cool (third-person singular simple present cools, present participle cooling, simple past and past participle cooled)

  1. (literally intransitive) To lose heat, to get colder.
    I like to let my tea cool before drinking it so I don't burn my tongue.
  2. (transitive) 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.
  3. (figuratively, intransitive) To become less intense, e.g. less amicable or passionate.
    Relations cooled between the USA and the USSR after 1980.
  4. (transitive) 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
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Dutch

Pronunciation

Etymology

From English cool.

Adjective

cool (comparative cooler, superlative coolst)

  1. cool, fashionable

Inflection

Inflection of cool
uninflected cool
inflected coole
comparative cooler
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial cool cooler het coolst
het coolste
indefinite m./f. sing. coole coolere coolste
n. sing. cool cooler coolste
plural coole coolere coolste
definite coole coolere coolste
partitive cools coolers

French

Etymology

From English cool.

Pronunciation

Adjective

cool m (feminine singular coole, masculine plural cools, feminine plural cooles)

  1. cool (only its informal senses, mainly fashionable)
    Les jeunes sont cool.
    Young people are cool.
    Les jeunes boivent de l'alcool pour être cool.
    Young people drink alcohol to be cool.

Interjection

cool

  1. cool! great!

Anagrams


German

Etymology

From English cool, from Proto-Germanic *kōlaz (cf. German kühl)

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [kuːl]

Adjective

cool (comparative cooler, superlative am coolsten)

  1. (colloquial) cool (in its informal senses)
    Die Musik war echt cool.
    The music was very cool.
  2. (colloquial) cool, calm, easy-going
    Als Trainer muss mann ziemlich cool sein.
    As a trainer you have to be quite easy-going.

Declension

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Spanish

Adjective

cool m, f (plural cools or cool)

  1. cool (in its informal sense)

Swedish

Etymology

Borrowing from English cool

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): kuːl

Adjective

cool (comparative coolare, superlative coolast)

  1. cool! great!

Declension

Inflection of cool
Indefinite/attributive Positive Comparative Superlative2
Common singular cool coolare coolast
Neuter singular coolt coolare coolast
Plural coola coolare coolast
Definite Positive Comparative Superlative
Masculine singular1 coole coolare coolaste
All coola coolare coolaste
1) Only used, optionally, to refer to things whose natural gender is masculine.
2) The indefinite superlative forms are only used in an attributive role.