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In your vocabulary, in your country/state, how many different words are there for cold?

Asked by rebbel (35553points) January 4th, 2012

Today it was waterkoud (water-cold) in Holland.
Windy, seven degrees Celsius (44.6 F) and humid, makes for in my experience water-cold weather.
Have you also water-cold weather where you live?
Do you use other kinds of cold (weather related)?

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marinelife's avatar

English Vocabulary:

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

Tit bit nipply?

dappled_leaves's avatar

Bracing (one of my faves, though not specific to cold)

tranquilsea's avatar

Frigid and I use that term only to describe temperature and not the other. I also use “nippy” a lot.

rebbel's avatar

Thank you for your replies, it is already quite a list!
What I should have made more clear in the question was that I am looking for if there are words that exist of cold with some word in front of it, like ice-cold, water-cold.

dappled_leaves's avatar

No, I can’t say that’s a feature in English vocabulary. Perhaps that’s why we find the “hundred words for snow” myth about the Inuit language so fascinating.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

“Ice cold” works, but I think that is the only one. We also have warm and “lukewarm,” but that is warm and not cold.
I can’t think of any others.

Lightlyseared's avatar

Seven degree celcius is t-shirt weather round here.

YARNLADY's avatar

Our weather reporters are always looking for ways to describe the weather. Here are some of their choices:
Siberian, arctic, below freezing, below zero, biting, bitter, blasting, bleak, boreal, brisk, chill, chilled, cool, crisp, cutting, frigid, frosty, frozen, glacial, have goose bumps, hawkish, icebox, iced, icy, inclement, intense, keen, nipping, nippy, numbed, numbing, one-dog night, penetrating, piercing, polar, raw, severe, sharp, shivery, sleety, snappy, snowy, stinging, two-dog night, wintry

tranquilsea's avatar

@rebbel thanks, now I can’t get Foreigner’s You’re As Cold As Ice out of my head.~

rebbel's avatar

@tranquilsea I am so sorry….., take this one instead!

tranquilsea's avatar

@rebbel oooo, that was evil

Blueroses's avatar

I can only think of “colder than a witch’s tit” and the common but nonsensical “cold as hell”.

Bellatrix's avatar

[Not quite what you are looking for @Rebbel, but all I can think of.]

Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey…
Bloody cold.

And the rest are all irrelevant. [note to self AGAIN. Read question]

Cold comfort.
Blood ran cold.
He was a ‘cold fish’.
That was a bit of a ‘cold snap’.
I gave him the ‘cold shoulder’.
She had a ‘cold heart’.
I got ‘cold feet’.

Ron_C's avatar

We have cold and f**king cold. Then things change and they’re not so cold so we call it warmer.

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smilingheart1's avatar

freakin’ cold
not fit for man nor beast
Arctic air mass
Mountain air
Can’t complain

Sunny2's avatar

So cold I never smiled, because I didn’t want to put my cold teeth back in my mouth with me.
Purty damn cold.
This discussion is making me cold. I’m making some hot chocolate right now!

Coloma's avatar

I think it’s been about covered. haha
No water-cold here, little humidity year round.

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