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These adjectives mean marked by a low or an extremely low temperature: cold air; an arctic climate; a chilly day; cool water; a frigid room; a frosty morning; gelid seas; glacial winds; icy hands.
- (There was) a certain coldness, like that of a spinster about her —Boris Pasternak
- Behave exactly like a block of ice —Noël Coward, lyrics for “I’m So In Love”
- The chill in the air was like a constant infinitely small shudder —M. J. Farrell
- (Some laughs are as) cold and meaningless as yesterday’s buckwheat pancake —Josh Billings
In Billings’ phonetic dialect ‘as’ was written as ‘az.’
- Cold as a dead man’s nose —William Shakespeare
- Cold as a fish —American colloquialism, attributed to New England
- Cold as a fish caught through the ice —F. van Wyck Mason
- Cold as a hole in the ice —Bertold Brecht
- (It grew as) cold as a key —Thomas Heywood
- Cold as a lizzard —Walter Savage Landor
In one of Landor’s Conversation pieces, he has Fra Filippo Lippi commenting to Pope Eugenius IV that while an ordinary person could use an expression like “Cold as ice, a true poet would reach for more originality.” The above is one suggestion, “Cold as a lobster” is another.
- Cold as a miser’s heart —Donald Seaman
- [A smile] cold as a moan —Marge Piercy
- Cold as a murder’s heart —Richard Ford
- Cold as an igloo —Reynolds Price
- Cold as any stone —William Shakespeare
- Cold … as a pane of glass —Reynolds Price
- Cold as a snowman’s dick —William H. Gass
- (A kiss) cold as bacon —Joyce Cary
- Cold as charity —Anon
An English phrase in use since the seventeenth century.
- Cold as coldest hell —Sylvia Berkman
In a short story entitled Who Killed Cock Robin, the simile describes a character’s personality and continues as follows: “Cruel to every fingernail, and invariably polite.”
- Cold as dew to dropping leaves —Percy Bysshe Shelley
- Cold as fears —Algernon Charles Swinburne
- (I felt as) cold as Finnegan’s feet (the day they buried him) —Raymond Chandler
- Cold as if I had swallowed snowballs —William Shakespeare
A variation of this snowball simile from The Merry Wives of Windsor is from another Shakespeare play, Pericles: “She sent him away as cold as a snowball.”
- (Your heart would be as heavy and) cold as iron shackles —George Garrett
- Cold as Monday morning’s barrenness —F. D. Reeve
- Cold as moonlight —Yvor Winters
- (Face) cold as newsprint —Philip Levine
- (Eyes) cold as river ice —Davis Grubb
- Cold as snakes —American colloquialism, attributed to Northeast
- (Men) cold as spring water —Julia O’Faolain
- (The wet air was as …) cold as the ashes of love —Raymond Chandler
- Cold as the cold between the stars —Terry Bisson
- Cold as the north side of a grave stone in winter —Proverb
- Cold as the snow —Lewis J. Bates
- Cold as the tomb of Christ —Maxwell Anderson
- Colder than a banker’s heart —William Diehl
- Colder than a dead lamb’s tail —Anon
- Colder than a lawyer’s heart —George V. Higgins
- Colder than a witch’s tits —American colloquialism, attributed to the South
Like many regional expressions that gained national currency during World War II, this one is often referred to as an Army expression.
- (It was) colder than ice —Hans Christian Andersen
Whether used as a pure simile “Cold as ice” or as cited above, the linking of snow and ice to cold has become as “Common as snowflakes in winter.” A story in the January 23, 1987 edition of the New York Times about a planned freedom march in Atlanta was highlighted with a blurb stating “We are going to march if it’s cold as ice … “proving once again that even without a new twist, a simile usually wins the spotlight.
- Cold like a sea mist and as ungraspable —Sylvia Townsend Warner
- Cold [in manner] like Christmas morning —Grace Paley
- The cold was like a sleep —Wallace Stevens
- The cold was like a thick vast sleep —Davis Grubb
- Cool and smooth, like the breath of an air conditioner —T. Coraghessan Boyle
- Cool as a snowbank —Louisa May Alcott
- (Her bare arms and shoulders felt as) cool as marble —Leo Tolstoy
- (Skin) cool as steel —Elizabeth Hardwick
- (Voice) cool as water on shaded rocks —Beryl Markham
- Could feel the cold climbing up his ankles like ships’ rats —Penelope Gilliatt
- Hardened her heart, like God had hardened Pharaoh’s heart against the Jews —Daphne Merkin
The simile was particularly appropriate in Enchantment, a novel about an orthodox Jewish family.
- A heart as cold as English toast —Harry Prince
- It [television show] was hard as fiberglass —Norman Mailer
- My flesh was frozen for an inch below my skin, it was as if I were wearing icy armour —Rebecca West
- Unresponding … like a wall —D. H. Lawrence
|Noun||1.||coldness - the sensation produced by low temperatures; "he shivered from the cold"; "the cold helped clear his head"|
temperature - the somatic sensation of cold or heat
|2.||coldness - a lack of affection or enthusiasm; "a distressing coldness of tone and manner"|
stone - a lack of feeling or expression or movement; "he must have a heart of stone"; "her face was as hard as stone"
|3.||coldness - the absence of heat; "the coldness made our breath visible"; "come in out of the cold"; "cold is a vasoconstrictor"|
pressor, vasoconstrictive, vasoconstrictor - any agent that causes a narrowing of an opening of a blood vessel: cold or stress or nicotine or epinephrine or norepinephrine or angiotensin or vasopressin or certain drugs; maintains or increases blood pressure
temperature - the degree of hotness or coldness of a body or environment (corresponding to its molecular activity)
chilliness, coolness, nip - the property of being moderately cold; "the chilliness of early morning"
frostiness - coldness as evidenced by frost
cool - the quality of being at a refreshingly low temperature; "the cool of early morning"
to give sb the cold shoulder → battre froid à qncold-shoulder [ˌkəʊldˈʃəʊldər] vt [+ person] → battre froid àcold snap n → vague f de froid (de courte durée)cold sore n → bouton m de fièvrecold storage n
to be in a cold sweat → avoir des sueurs froides
to be in a cold sweat about sth → avoir des sueurs froides au sujet de qchcold turkey n
to go cold turkey → décrocher
to be cold turkey → être en manqueCold War n
the Cold War → la guerre froide