I. adjective Etymology: Middle English col, from Old English cōl; akin to Old High German kuoli cool, Old English ceald cold — more at cold Date: before 12th century 1. moderately cold ; lacking in warmth 2. a. marked by steady dispassionate calmness and self-control <
a cool and calculating administrator — Current Biography
b. lacking ardor or friendliness <
a cool impersonal manner
c. of jazz marked by restrained emotion and the frequent use of counterpoint d. free from tensions or violence <
meeting with minority groups in an attempt to keep the city cool
3. — used as an intensive <
a cool million dollars
4. marked by deliberate effrontery or lack of due respect or discretion <
a cool reply
5. facilitating or suggesting relief from heat <
a cool dress
6. a. of a color producing an impression of being cool; specifically of a hue in the range violet through blue to green b. of a musical tone relatively lacking in timbre or resonance 7. slang a. very good ; excellent; also all right b. fashionable, hip <
not happy with the new shoes…because they were not cool — Celestine Sibley
coolish adjectivecoolly also cooly adverbcoolness noun Synonyms: cool, composed, collected, unruffled, imperturbable, nonchalant mean free from agitation or excitement. cool may imply calmness, deliberateness, or dispassionateness <
kept a cool head
. composed implies freedom from agitation as a result of self-discipline or a sedate disposition <
the composed pianist gave a flawless concert
. collected implies a concentration of mind that eliminates distractions especially in moments of crisis <
the nurse stayed calm and collected
. unruffled suggests apparent serenity and poise in the face of setbacks or in the midst of excitement <
harried but unruffled
. imperturbable implies coolness or assurance even under severe provocation <
the speaker remained imperturbable despite the heckling
. nonchalant stresses an easy coolness of manner or casualness that suggests indifference or unconcern <
a nonchalant driver
. II. verb Date: before 12th century intransitive verb 1. to become cool ; lose heat or warmth <
placed the pie in the window to cool
— sometimes used with off or down 2. to lose ardor or passion <
his anger cooled
transitive verb 1. to make cool ; impart a feeling of coolness to <
cooled the room with a fan
— often used with off or down <
a swim cooled us off a little
2. a. to moderate the heat, excitement, or force of ; calm <
cooled her growing anger
b. to slow or lessen the growth or activity of — usually used with off or down <
wants to cool off the economy without freezing it — Newsweek
III. noun Date: 15th century 1. a cool time, place, or situation <
the cool of the evening
2. a. absence of excitement or emotional involvement ; detachment <
must surrender his fine cool and enter the closed crazy world of suicide — Wilfrid Sheed
b. poise, composure <
press questions…seemed to rattle him and he lost his coolNew Republic
3. hipness IV. adverb Date: 1841 in a casual and nonchalant manner <
play it cool

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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