Synonyms of cold in English:


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1‘a cold day’

chilly, cool, freezing, icy, snowy, icy-cold, glacial, wintry, crisp, frosty, frigid, bitter, bitterly cold, biting, piercing, numbing, sharp, raw, polar, arctic, Siberian
informal nippy, brass monkeys
British informal parky, Baltic
literary chill
rare hyperborean, boreal, hibernal, hiemal, gelid, brumal


2‘I'm very cold’

chilly, chilled, cool, freezing, frozen, frozen stiff, chilled to the bone, chilled to the marrow, frozen to the bone, frozen to the marrow, shivery, numbed, benumbed, suffering from hypothermia, hypothermic, suffering from exposure


3‘Rodrigo met with a cold and scornful reception’

unfriendly, cool, inhospitable, unwelcoming, unsympathetic, forbidding, stony, frigid, frosty, glacial, lukewarm, haughty, supercilious, disdainful, aloof, distant, remote, indifferent, reserved, withdrawn, uncommunicative, unresponsive, unfeeling, unemotional, dispassionate, passionless, wooden, impersonal, formal, stiff, austere
cold-blooded, cold-hearted, stony-hearted
informal stand-offish, offish
rare gelid

warm, friendly


    give someone the cold shoulder

    ‘he was given the cold shoulder or treated like a ghost by certain of the dealers’

    snub, ignore, slight, spurn, shun, disdain, look right through, look past, turn one's back on, cold-shoulder, freeze out, steer clear of
    British send to Coventry
    informal give someone the brush-off, cut, cut dead, knock back, give someone the go-by
    British informal blank


    snub, shun, cold-shoulder, ignore, turn one's back on, cut, cut dead, look right through, rebuff, dismiss, reject, brush off, turn down, spurn, disdain, refuse, decline, repudiate, ostracize
    informal give someone the brush-off, tell someone where to get off, put down, freeze out, stiff-arm
    British informal knock back, send to Coventry
    North American informal give someone the bum's rush, give someone the brush
    Australian informal snout
    informal, dated give someone the go-by
    get cold feet

    ‘the groom also gets cold feet when he finds out what's been going on’

    hesitate, falter, delay, drag one's feet, stall, think twice, change one's mind, waver, oscillate, fluctuate, vacillate, be undecided, be indecisive, be irresolute, see-saw, yo-yo
    British haver, hum and haw
    informal sit on the fence, dilly-dally, shilly-shally, pussyfoot around, blow hot and cold