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cool

[kool]
adjective, cooler, coolest.
1.
moderately cold; neither warm nor cold: a rather cool evening.
2.
feeling comfortably or moderately cold: I'm perfectly cool, but open the window if you feel hot.
3.
imparting a sensation of moderate coldness or comfortable freedom from heat: a cool breeze.
4.
permitting such a sensation: a cool dress.
5.
not excited; calm; composed; under control: to remain cool in the face of disaster.
6.
not hasty; deliberate: a cool and calculated action.
7.
lacking in interest or enthusiasm: a cool reply to an invitation.
8.
lacking in warmth or cordiality: a cool reception.
9.
calmly audacious or impudent: a cool lie.
10.
aloof or unresponsive; indifferent: He was cool to her passionate advances.
11.
unaffected by emotions; disinterested; dispassionate: She made a cool appraisal of all the issues in the dispute.
12.
Informal. (of a number or sum) without exaggeration or qualification: a cool million dollars.
13.
(of colors) with green, blue, or violet predominating.
14.
Slang.
a.
great; fine; excellent: a real cool comic.
b.
characterized by great facility; highly skilled or clever: cool maneuvers on the parallel bars.
c.
socially adept: It's not cool to arrive at a party too early.
d.
acceptable; satisfactory; okay: If you want to stay late, that's cool.
adverb
15.
Informal. coolly.
interjection
16.
Slang.
a.
(used to express acceptance): Okay, cool! I'll be there at 10:00.
b.
(used to express approval, admiration, etc.): He got the job? Cool!
noun
17.
something that is cool; a cool part, place, time, etc.: in the cool of the evening.
18.
coolness.
19.
calmness; composure; poise: an executive noted for maintaining her cool under pressure.
verb (used without object)
20.
to become cool (sometimes followed by down or off ): The soup cooled in five minutes. We cooled off in the mountain stream.
21.
to become less ardent, cordial, etc.; become moderate.
verb (used with object)
22.
to make cool; impart a sensation of coolness to.
23.
to lessen the ardor or intensity of; allay; calm; moderate: Disappointment cooled his early zealousness.
Verb phrases
24.
cool down, to bring the body back to its normal physiological level after fast, vigorous exercise or activity by gradually slowing the pace of activity or by doing gentle exercises or stretches.
25.
cool off, Informal. to become calmer or more reasonable: Wait until he cools off before you talk to him again.
26.
cool out, Slang. to calm or settle down; relax: cooling out at the beach.
Idioms
27.
blow one's cool. blow2 ( def 44 ).
28.
cool it, Slang. calm down; take it easy.
29.
cool one's heels. heel1 ( def 26 ).

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English cole, Old English cōl; cognate with Middle Low German kōl, Old High German kuoli (German kuhl). See cold, chill

coolingly, adverb
coolish, adjective
coolly, adverb
coolness, noun
overcool, adjective
overcoolly, adverb
overcoolness, noun
recool, verb
subcool, verb (used with object)
ultracool, adjective
uncooled, adjective
well-cooled, adjective


1. See cold. 5. collected, self-possessed, unruffled, placid, quiet. See calm. 7, 8. distant, apathetic, reserved, remote, lukewarm. 23. temper, abate.


1, 3, 4, 7, 8. warm.
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cool (kuːl)
 
adj
1.  moderately cold: a cool day
2.  comfortably free of heat: a cool room
3.  producing a pleasant feeling of coldness: a cool shirt
4.  able to conceal emotion; calm: a cool head
5.  lacking in enthusiasm, affection, cordiality, etc: a cool welcome
6.  calmly audacious or impudent
7.  informal (esp of numbers, sums of money, etc) without exaggeration; actual: a cool ten thousand
8.  (of a colour) having violet, blue, or green predominating; cold
9.  (of jazz) characteristic of the late 1940s and early 1950s, economical and rhythmically relaxed
10.  informal sophisticated or elegant, esp in an unruffled way
11.  informal excellent; marvellous
 
adv
12.  not standard in a cool manner; coolly
 
n
13.  coolness: the cool of the evening
14.  slang calmness; composure (esp in the phrases keeporlose one's cool)
15.  slang unruffled elegance or sophistication
 
vb (usually foll by down or off) (usually foll by down or off)
16.  to make or become cooler
17.  to lessen the intensity of (anger or excitement) or (of anger or excitement) to become less intense; calm down
18.  slang (usually imperative) cool it to calm down; take it easy
19.  cool one's heels to wait or be kept waiting
 
[Old English cōl; related to Old Norse kōlna, Old High German kuoli; see cold, chill]
 
'coolingly
 
adv
 
'coolingness
 
n
 
'coolish
 
adj
 
'coolly
 
adv
 
'coolness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

cool
O.E. col, from P.Gmc. *koluz, from PIE base *gel- "cold, to freeze." The v. form kele (from O.E. colian) was used by Shakespeare, but has been assimilated with the adj. into the modern word. Applied since 1728 to large sums of money to give emphasis to amount. Meaning "calmly audacious" is from 1825.
Slang use for "fashionable" is 1933, originally Black English, said to have been popularized in jazz circles by tenor saxophonist Lester Young. Related: Cooling (mid-14c.); coolly (1570s).
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Idioms & Phrases

cool down

Also, cool off.

  1. Effect a lower temperature, especially of the body following vigorous exercise. For example, After a race the coach makes the entire team do stretches to cool down, or Let's take a dip to cool off. These phrases date from a.d. 1000 with reference to the weather or cooking (as in First let the eggs cool off). The first gained renewed currency with the exercise boom of the late 1900s.

  2. See cool off, def. 2.

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