Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


Because generally there is a periodical frost in the month of May, and it is coldest from the 11th to the 13th.

That night, it appears, was one of the coldest that had been experienced for many years past.

It was, I think, one of the coldest and most miserable mornings I ever experienced.

And this, chanted again and again, would have made the coldest care.

“If you wish,” replied Leopold at his haughtiest and coldest.

It was from the head of the Cabinet, and in the coldest tone imaginable.

This is one of the coldest days of this most damnable and interminable winter.

The winter of 1942-43 was one of the coldest ever known here.

A gray dawn was breaking, and this is the coldest and bleakest hour of the day.

This has been the coldest day of the season in this latitude.


Old English cald (Anglian), ceald (West Saxon) "cold, cool" (adj.), "coldness," from Proto-Germanic *kaldaz (cf. Old Frisian and Old Saxon kald, Old High German and German kalt, Old Norse kaldr, Gothic kalds "cold"), possibly a past participle adjective of *kal-/*kol-, from PIE root *gel-/*gol- "cold" (cf. Latin gelare "to freeze," gelu "frost," glacies "ice").

Meaning "not strong" (in reference to scent) is 1590s, from hunting. Cold front in weather is from 1921. Cold-call in the sales pitch sense first recorded 1972. Japanese has two words for "cold:" samui for coldness in the atmosphere or environment; tsumetai for things which are cold to touch, and also in the figurative sense, with reference to personalities, behaviors, etc.