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Etymology

Old English cōl, cōlian

Pronunciation

Adjective

cool (comparative er, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
cool

Comparative
er

Superlative
{{{2}}}

  1. Having a slightly low temperature; mildly or pleasantly cold.
  2. Of a person, not showing emotion.
  3. Unenthusiastic, lukewarm, skeptical.
    His proposals had a cool reception.
  4. (informal) Of a person, knowing what to do and how to behave in any situation.
  5. (informal) In fashion.
  6. (informal) Of an action, all right, acceptable, that does not present a problem.
  7. (informal) Of a person, not upset by circumstances that might ordinarily be upsetting.
    I'm completely cool about my girlfriend leaving me.
  8. (informal) Being considered as "popular" by others.

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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

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Verb

Infinitive
to cool

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to cool (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To lose heat, to get colder.
    I like to let my tea cool before drinking it so I don't burn by tongue.
  2. To become less amicable.
    Relations cooled between the USA and the USSR after 1980.

Translations


French

Etymology

From English cool.

Pronunciation

Homophones

Adjective

cool m. and f.

  1. cool
  1. 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!

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