Definition of froideur in English:


Pronunciation /frwäˈdər/ /frwɑˈdər/


  • Coolness or reserve between people.

    ‘The froideur of their sexual union is the crucible for an intense, devastating story of non - communication, unvoiced desires and pitiful vulnerability.’
    • ‘Quite what it has done to deserve this ministerial froideur is hard to explain, but the alienation is almost palpable and something must be done to change things.’
    • ‘Her reputation for froideur has dogged her for years, along with her earnestness on the topic of herself.’
    • ‘When Sumner gets it right, his understatement and blokeish froideur are one of New Order's greatest strengths.’
    • ‘Mother and son were treated with rigid froideur at the funeral.’
    • ‘There was none of the froideur of Princess Margaret or the remoteness of Princess Anne but no one ever in her company forgot who she was.’
    • ‘There was something of a froideur between us, dating from an occasion a few years earlier when Sue had caught me sniggering over one of her class work sheets.’
    • ‘For the Brown camp, however, the reasons for the froideur are clear, and traced meticulously back 20 years, during a meeting in a Soho restaurant when Brown was preparing to run for the chairmanship of the Scottish Labour party.’
    • ‘She was initially friendly, but I felt a sudden froideur when I explained that I was writing about the difficulty of remaking your life outside parliament.’
    • ‘Dan is decrying the froideur of southern audiences.’
    • ‘Subsequently, for some reason that Piers couldn't fathom, a froideur set in.’
    • ‘I've long detected a certain froideur in these pages for the industry that dare not speak its name.’
    • ‘Whether Downing Street's froideur is a harbinger of continuing non-co-operation with Bute House remains to be seen.’
    • ‘By the simple expedient of renting a lovely French aristocrat, the froideur turns to fun, and the surly city becomes all smiles and elegance.’
    • ‘Kerry's personal froideur can't have been the single cause of the upset.’
    • ‘But she negotiates its vocal awkwardness capably, and supplies much of the character's blend of hauteur, froideur and directness.’
    • ‘He carried off the stiff, tormented froideur that makes the character both crucial and problematic in Ulysses.’
    • ‘Christopher and Peter didn't speak for four years between 9/11 and the 2005 Hay Festival, and last night there was still evidence of froideur.’
    • ‘Ultimately, it remains difficult to sustain the comparison between Hart's myopic, young-man-in-a-hurry and the aloof master of Avondale who declined Gladstone's version of an Irish constitution with astonishing froideur in the late 1880s.’
    • ‘After decades of respectful froideur, the country has fallen madly in love with that unflinching emblem of postwar stoicism, the Queen.’
    reticence, self-restraint, restraint, self-containment


French, from froid ‘cold’.