See also: ice cold



From Middle English *is-cold, from Old English īsċeald, corresponding to ice +‎ cold. Cognate with Saterland Frisian ieskoold (ice-cold), West Frisian iiskâld (ice-cold), Dutch ijskoud (ice-cold), Afrikaans yskoud (ice-cold), German Low German ieskold (ice-cold), German eiskalt (ice-cold), Danish iskold (ice-cold), Swedish iskall (ice-cold), Norwegian iskald (ice-cold), Faroese ísakaldur (ice-cold), Icelandic ískaldur (ice-cold).



ice-cold (comparative more ice-cold, superlative most ice-cold)

  1. As cold as ice; very cold.
    • 2017 January 12, Jesse Hassenger, “A literal monster truck is far from the stupidest thing about Monster Trucks”, in The Onion AV Club[1]:
      When Tripp holds his red soda like it’s an ice-cold beer, it probably isn’t actually Mountain Dew Code Red, but it might as well be.
    • 1966, The Kinks, Sunny Afternoon
      Now I'm sitting here
      Sipping on my ice-cold beer
      Lazing on a sunny afternoon.
  2. Without emotion; distant.
    The way she stared him down and walked away...everyone in the room could tell she was ice-cold.