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[ahys-kohld] /ˈaɪsˈkoʊld/
cold as ice:
Her feet were ice-cold.
without warmth of feeling or manner; unemotional; passionless:
an ice-cold reception.
Origin of ice-cold
before 1000; Old English is-calde; unrecorded in Middle English
1. icelike, freezing, icy, frozen. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I threw the clothes off him, listened at his mouth breathlessly, felt his hands, which were ice-cold.

    The Frozen Pirate W. Clark Russell
  • Her head was on fire, her eyes smarted, and her skin was ice-cold.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • "The doctor was romantic at heart," explained Mrs. James, sighing, and pausing with an ice-cold chocolate éclair in her hand.

    The Heather-Moon C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • A jiggety-joggety journey it was; ice-cold and hot, wet and dry.

  • Suddenly a chill ran all through her, as if a stream of ice-cold water had trickled upon her.

    The Way of Ambition Robert Hichens
  • And an ice-cold 271 hand squeezed the last hope of hope out of my heart.

    The Prairie Mother Arthur Stringer
  • Something might be wrong with the coils of ice-cold water that chill the vat down to safety.

    Careers of Danger and Daring Cleveland Moffett
  • All this nauseous mess was so ice-cold that she shivered in every limb.

    The Sand-Hills of Jutland Hans Christian Andersen
Word Origin and History for ice-cold

Old English is-calde; see ice (n.) + cold (adj.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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