The word "cold" is generally used for temperatures that fall below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, but feeling cold always depends on the individual person.

  • In the northern parts of the United States, it gets very cold during the winter.
  • When it’s cold outside, you should wear warm clothes.
  • We keep the inside of our house at around 62 degrees in the winter, but some people think that’s cold.
  • Do you like cold weather or warm weather?

(This video from a few years ago explains some things about cold weather.)

There are other ways to use the word "cold."

cold cuts = processed meat

  • Sandwiches made with cold cuts are not very expensive.


cold cuts

cold one = beer or other cold drink

  • Ralph likes to have a cold one with his friends after work is finished.
beer bottlecold beer

cold = not nice; distant

  • She’s been a little cold towards her boyfriend lately. They’ll probably break up.
cold woman

cold = mean; uncaring

  • Tom Jacobs laid off half of his employees just days before Christmas. That was so cold.

cold call = to call someone you don’t know for the purpose of doing business

  • She has to make a lot of cold calls today in order to find new customers.
cold calling

cold = sick

  • He has a cold.
  • What do you do for a cold?
  • Some people take cold medicine for a cold. If they also have a headache, they might take aspirin.

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This page was first published on December 22, 2012. It was updated on October 3, 2015.