see also: COOL, Cool
Pronunciation Adjective

cool (comparative cooler, superlative coolest)

  1. Having a slightly low temperature; mildly or pleasantly cold.
    Synonyms: chilly
    Antonyms: lukewarm, tepid, warm
  2. Allowing or suggesting heat relief.
    Linen has made cool and breathable clothing for millennia.
  3. Of a color, in the range of violet to green.
    Antonyms: warm
    If you have a reddish complexion, you should mainly wear cool colors.
  4. Of a person, not showing emotion; calm and in control of oneself.
    Synonyms: distant, phlegmatic, standoffish, unemotional
    Antonyms: passionate
  5. Unenthusiastic, lukewarm, skeptical.
    Antonyms: warm
    His proposals had a cool reception.
  6. Calmly audacious.
    In control as always, he came up with a cool plan.
  7. Applied facetiously to a sum of money, commonly as if to give emphasis to the largeness of the amount.
    • He had lost a cool hundred.
    • 1860 December – 1861 August, Charles Dickens, chapter 18, in Great Expectations [...] In Three Volumes, volume III, London: Chapman and Hall, […], published October 1861, OCLC 3359935 ↗, page 303 ↗:
      , but it is actually Chapter 57
      leaving a cool four thousand to Mr. Matthew Pocket
    • 1900, Dora Sigerson Shorter, Transmigration
      You remember Bulger, don't you? You lost a cool hundred to him one night here over the cards, eh?
    • 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.
  8. (informal) Of a person, knowing what to do and how to behave; considered popular by others.
    Antonyms: awkward, uncool
  9. (informal) In fashion, part of or fitting the in crowd; originally hipster slang.
    Synonyms: à la mode, fashionable, in fashion, modish, stylish, happening, hip, in, trendy
    Antonyms: démodé, old hat, out, out of fashion
    • 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.
  10. (informal) Of an action, all right; acceptable; that does not present a problem.
    Synonyms: acceptable, all right, OK
    Antonyms: not cricket, not on, unacceptable
    Is it cool if I sleep here tonight?
  11. (informal) Of a person, not upset by circumstances that might ordinarily be upsetting.
    I'm completely cool with my girlfriend leaving me.
    Synonyms: easy, fine, not bothered, not fussed
    Antonyms: bothered, upset
  12. Quietly impudent, defiant, or selfish; deliberately presuming: said of persons and acts.
    • 1868, Louisa M[ay] Alcott, chapter 13, in Little Women: Or, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, part first, Boston, Mass.: Roberts Brothers, published 1869, OCLC 30743985 ↗:
      "Well, that's cool," said Laurie to himself, "to have a picnic and never ask me!"
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  • Russian: де́рзкий
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  • French: cool
  • German: in Ordnung, ganz Recht, alles klar, akzeptabel
  • Italian: a posto, accettabile
  • Portuguese: aceitável
  • Russian: в поря́дке
  • Spanish: bacán (Chile), bacano (Colombia), bárbaro (Argentina), bravazo (Peru), cachilupi (Chile), chévere (Caribbean Islands), chido (Mexico), chilero (Guatemala), chilo (Northwestern Mexico), chiva (Costa Rica), chivo (El Salvador), choro (Chile), dabuten (Spain), fetén (Spain), fino (Venezuela), guay (Spain), lindo (Argentina), machete (Venezuela), mostro (Peru), nota (Venezuela), padre (Mexico), pavo (Venezuela), pura vida (Costa Rica), suave (Mexico), tuanis (Costa Rica), piola
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: calmness, composure
  3. The property of being cool, popular or in fashion.
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cool (cools, present participle cooling; past and past participle cooled)

  1. (intransitive, literally) 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.
    • c. 1603–1604, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Othello, the Moore of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene iii]:
      We have reason to cool our raging motions, our carnal stings, our unbitted lusts.
  5. (transitive) To kill.
    • 1965, "Sex Jungle" (narrated in Perversion for Profit)
      Maybe he would die. That would mean I had murdered him. I smiled, trying the idea on for size. One of the things that always had cheesed me a little was that I had no kills to my credit. I'd been in plenty of rumbles, but somehow, I'd never cooled anyone. Well maybe now I had my first one. I couldn't feel very proud of skulling an old man, but at least I could say that I'd scored. That was a big kick.
  • French: refroidir, rafraichir
  • Russian: остужа́ть
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  • Russian: охлажда́ть

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