Definition of cool in English:

cool

adjective

  • 1Of or at a fairly low temperature.

    ‘it'll be a cool afternoon’
    ‘the wind kept them cool’
    • ‘We have been getting good afternoon showers with fairly cool nights, a welcome change from the heat.’
    • ‘I smiled and climbed the ladder into the hay loft, shivering in the refreshingly cool air.’
    • ‘Keep the water cool because the body absorbs water at a cool temperature quicker than if very cold or hot.’
    • ‘If grain is stored into the following summer, run fans only at night when the temperature is fairly cool.’
    • ‘Unseasonably cool weather also contributed to track records in four competition categories.’
    • ‘Bring in pots of fuchsia and pelargoniums and keep them in a light, cool frost - free place.’
    • ‘By cool room temperature I mean an unheated castle in the English countryside in December.’
    • ‘Convection is the dissipation of heat when relatively cool air passes over exposed skin.’
    • ‘Debbie's having air con installed today at work so it should be a bit better over there, I'll just have to direct my fan on to the air con unit to keep it cool!’
    • ‘However, up in the mountainous region like this also brought cold wind and cool temperature.’
    • ‘It was a beautiful fall day, the kind where the temperature is cool but not too chilly, so you can get away with wearing your jacket open.’
    • ‘The weather was cool enough to wear pants, but not yet cold enough for a jacket.’
    • ‘The North Sea's cool surface temperature keeps eastern areas colder than those further west.’
    • ‘When buying seeds look at where and how the seed is stored - cool, dry positions are best.’
    • ‘It was the last day of October, a chilly afternoon with cool winds blowing in from the ocean.’
    • ‘It was late afternoon, and fairly cool, but the USAID official was sweating heavily.’
    • ‘By the 27th, a strong cold front would be bringing strong winds and very cool temperatures.’
    • ‘The air was cool against their skin, contrasting with the heat inside the passageway.’
    • ‘Leave until cool enough to handle, then peel them and cut into wedges.’
    • ‘Her hands felt cool against his burning skin as she lifted his arm.’
    chilly, cold
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    1. 1.1 Soothing or refreshing because of its low temperature.
      ‘a long, cool glass of orange juice’
      • ‘The cool and refreshing water caressed his lips, he drank but as he swallowed, his throat sent searing pain to his brain.’
      • ‘It's as if your body is charged with new energy when you bend down on hands and knees, cup your hands and drink the cool, fresh liquid.’
      • ‘We then went for a stroll through the village, and had a cool, refreshing drink in a bar, before going back to collect our bags for the night.’
      • ‘It was cool enough to be refreshing but not so cold that you froze.’
      • ‘He said putting the top of the can on his lips, enjoying the cool refreshing drink.’
      • ‘I closed my eyes again and imagined myself in a cool, refreshing blue pool.’
      • ‘He then took off his glasses and started to bring the cool refreshing water up to his face.’
      • ‘Brian filled the glass with nice, cool, fresh beer.’
      • ‘After the initial shock of the cold, she found the water rather cool and refreshing.’
      • ‘Jabu bathed his feet in the cool refreshing river as the cows drank their fill.’
      • ‘The cool refreshing water moistened his throat and gave him chills down his back.’
      • ‘A pleasantly cool breeze was drifting in though the half-open window behind Maui.’
      • ‘She was drinking the cool, crisp water before the beginning of the journey.’
      • ‘Glasses of blissfully cool water were brought forth and each gulped the refreshment down like a castaway.’
      • ‘I knew it was an oasis of cold drinks, cool grasses and music in the park.’
      • ‘And that would be more refreshing than a cool, crisp cola on a hot summer's day.’
      • ‘The ocean air was refreshing and a cool breeze had tempered the thick Hawaiian heat.’
      • ‘The beer had been refreshingly good, like a cool breeze in a glass, and I had another.’
      • ‘At such times, the tongue and the throat crave for nothing more than a long drink of fresh, cool water.’
      • ‘He splashed the water on his face and found it refreshingly cool, he dipped his head under and felt the chill run through his body.’
      chilly, cold
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    2. 1.2 (especially of clothing) keeping one from becoming too hot.
      ‘a cool cotton dress’
      • ‘Cool, cotton clothes are a must in the heat and humidity, but cover up to visit palaces and temples.’
      • ‘I remembered that my father wore velvet coats in the winter and cool shirts in the summer.’
      • ‘Caroline was wearing a cool summer dress.’
      • ‘The enemy were strong, and could easily fight in the sun in their surprisingly cool robes.’
      • ‘Light, comfortable, and cool clothing is a must for carnival in Jamaica.’
    3. 1.3 (of a colour) containing pale blue, green, or grey tones.
      ‘the bathroom was all glass and cool, muted blues’
      • ‘Typical of country cottage gardens, cool colours such as pale blue, soft pink and mauve provide clouds of colour that are restful and tranquil.’
      • ‘The roomy public areas sport a combination of cool tones, and colour and texture contrasts in reds and terracotta.’
      • ‘Also notable is the cool palette of blue, gray, and green, evoking the fresh feeling of a typical day by the bay.’
      • ‘Instead of going for red, orange or yellow, try a cool tone, such as green or blue.’
      • ‘Now everything fell into place and conveyed a beautiful idea in the harmonious blend of warm and cool colours chosen by the artists.’
      • ‘He shared, too, their use of strong line, cool colour, and fanciful decoration.’
      • ‘The basic contrast is between warm and cool colours.’
      • ‘Now turquoise is heading out of the bathroom and into other living areas with a new range of cool hues predicted to be the next trend in home products.’
      • ‘Although its colours were cool, they were not cold, nor were they intimidating and unwelcoming.’
      • ‘Use green or pink toned grey with cool toned furnishings to avoid it from feeling like an icebox.’
      • ‘The holes reveal a layered and textured vista in cool greens and blues, evoking a landscape.’
      • ‘He bathed Anniesland Cross in colours to match the seasons - cool blue for winter, green for spring flowers.’
      • ‘He builds up the paint around the drawing in a narrow range of relatively cool hues.’
      • ‘The floor was carpeted in a cool blue, the walls painted a paler version of the same colour.’
      • ‘The cool greens, blues and violets should be used in rooms with southern or even western exposure.’
      • ‘To lift a ceiling, select a pale tint of a cool hue such as green or blue.’
      • ‘Ahead of us the greys, cool greens and off whites of the Corsican mountains spread out toward the horizon.’
  • 2Showing no friendliness towards a person or enthusiasm for an idea or project.

    ‘he gave a cool reception to the suggestion for a research centre’
    • ‘Throughout his life Louis treated her with a cool reserve.’
    • ‘His relationship with his wife has broken down and his two sons are distant and cool with him.’
    • ‘The government s plan to provide corporations with tax incentives to employ new workers over the next three years, starting from this year, has been generally greeted with a cool response.’
    • ‘However, the idea has received a cool reception from employers, who believe it is unrealistic for all but a very few companies and employees.’
    • ‘Most environmental non-governmental organisations have been cool to the idea of funding rehabilitation projects.’
    unenthusiastic, lukewarm, tepid, indifferent, apathetic, half-hearted, negative
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    1. 2.1 Free from excitement, anxiety, or excessive emotion.
      ‘he prided himself on keeping a cool head’
      ‘she seems cool, calm, and collected’
      • ‘The Swede is known for keeping a cool head but said this was his nature, although bosses owe it to their teams to be confident and positive.’
      • ‘I wanted to be cool, calm and collected; at least in front of my audience.’
      • ‘The one Sunderland player who remained cool under this pressure was Thomas Sorenson.’
      • ‘King can make plays with his feet, which Gruden loves, and he's very cool under pressure.’
      • ‘He was calm, cool and collected, working fast without emotion, just like the others.’
      • ‘Now ambulance staff have praised the Wigginton youngster for keeping a cool head and raising the alarm.’
      • ‘As difficult as it is to go against your instincts and emotions, you must control them and keep a cool head.’
      • ‘Although he sensed a stew of emotions bubbling beneath her cool exterior, she never gave a sign of them in her eyes.’
      • ‘I try to be cool, calm and collective even in some severely testing situations.’
      • ‘He is cool and controlled.’
      • ‘Britain's first mainstream female football presenter is cool, poised and confident.’
      • ‘Despite these additional pressures, the bride-to-be is keeping a cool head.’
      • ‘It's not often, especially in recent times, that his team have looked so cool and unruffled.’
      • ‘It is legislation that has been driven by reaction and by emotion rather than cool thought.’
      • ‘His voice was so calm, so cool and collected, I almost felt close to swooning.’
      • ‘His goal was reward for keeping a cool head and desperately trying to be in the right place at the right time.’
      • ‘His voice cracks with emotion as he tries to retain his cool composure.’
      • ‘The World Cup will test Logan's nerve, show if she can stay cool under pressure.’
      • ‘As an actor, Richardson conveys just the right kind of austere intelligence where cool logic triumphs over emotion every time.’
      • ‘He's so cool, calm and collected that he keeps me in check.’
      calm, cool, calm, and collected, composed, as cool as a cucumber, collected, cool-headed, level-headed, self-possessed, controlled, self-controlled, poised
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    2. 2.2 (of jazz) restrained and relaxed.
      • ‘Even today, more than 40 years since it was first cut, it's still one of the most iconic tracks to come out of jazz's cool school.’
      • ‘When the band plays, the jazz is cool, the atmosphere is laid-back and the bar service is quiet but efficient.’
      • ‘The gazebo of the amphitheatre was the perfect setting for their ethereal fusion of cool jazz and old-time calypso.’
      • ‘His book does not deal with the offshoots of bebop, such as cool jazz, hard bop, modal jazz, free jazz and fusion.’
      • ‘Throw in waltzes, cool jazz, quasi-hymns, slinky beats and some country, and this might be the man's most musically diverse album.’
  • 3informal Fashionably attractive or impressive.

    ‘youngsters are turning to smoking because they think it makes them appear cool’
    • ‘I eventually went insane but I sure collected a lot of free cool stuff.’
    • ‘One of the coolest bands of the 1970s has survived to still make cool music.’
    • ‘You could get a lot of cool free stuff from the manufacturers.’
    • ‘On Waltz Across America, the band comes together for a very cool live collection of some of their biggest and best songs.’
    • ‘Be happy that you found someone cool to hang out with.’
    • ‘It was a hot basement but a cool crowd, free wine, very nice shop, and really good discussion afterwards.’
    • ‘I've never been near here before, but the lights of Sydney look so cool at night.’
    • ‘It is a very cool collection of photographs from around New York.’
    • ‘The music is cool, with decent people depending on the night and great bartenders.’
    • ‘Still there was an end aim, a cool bar and cool free food and cool company.’
    • ‘I want to devote my thirties to having babies, minding them and being free from the constant pursuit of cool clothes.’
    • ‘There's just something so cool about a band doing a free in-store performance.’
    • ‘Her style is different from anyone else I know, which made her totally cool in my book.’
    • ‘Who is going to replace her as the model of cool, trendy fashion on TV?’
    • ‘It's still cool that we get free memberships and extra bandwidth and whatnot.’
    • ‘Across the road is the Turbine Hall, also a cool music venue.’
    • ‘It's an unpretentious medley of old and new - the perfect antidote to the self-consciously cool bars of Dublin.’
    • ‘Certainly, as a corrective to some of the more po-faced excesses of cool London club culture, rave was a blast of fresh air, an important rupture.’
    • ‘They had great food, there was always a good environment, and they played cool music in the background.’
    • ‘You will win a really cool prize. A prize so cool, I can't even tell you what it is at risk of upsetting contestants who don't win.’
    fashionable, stylish, chic, up to the minute
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    1. 3.1 Excellent.
      as exclamation ‘our office was a sunny room with a computer you didn't even have to plug in. Cool!’
      • ‘I didn't know all planets and planetoids were officially supposed to be named after gods of mythology - cool!’
      • ‘They are however looking for other indie kids who are unique in exactly the same way as them - cool, huh?’
      • ‘Tomorrow I also get to see my nephew again for the first time in a month and a half - cool!’
      very good, superb, outstanding, magnificent, of high quality, of the highest quality, of the highest standard, exceptional, marvellous, wonderful, sublime, perfect, eminent, pre-eminent, matchless, peerless, supreme, first-rate, first-class, superior, superlative, splendid, admirable, worthy, sterling, fine
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    2. 3.2 Used to express acceptance of or agreement with something.
      ‘if people want to freak out at our clubs, that's cool’
      ‘I told Bill that I was going to write the final draft of the script and he was cool with that’
      • ‘If that's not your thing, that's cool by me, but know that it's encouraged and applauded in this community.’
      • ‘I work hard at things to improve, but I also realize it takes time and I'm cool with that.’
      • ‘There were a few people who said they were cool with it, but they are totally outweighed by those who decry it as a crime against nature.’
      • ‘No, it's cool; I don't mind talking about that.’
      • ‘And that's cool if it's going to get you out and involved now, but stay involved after that.’
  • 4a cool —informal Used to emphasize the size of an amount of money.

    ‘research for a new drug can cost a cool £50 million’
    • ‘Belfast’s bid to become the European Capital of Culture in 2008 could cost a cool £150 million’
    • ‘A two-piece suit from this guy comes in at a cool two grand, so is unlikely to be realistic unless I win the lottery.’
    • ‘It’s got a top speed of 185 and would cost you a cool £110,000 to drive off the forecourt.’

noun

mass noun
  • 1the coolA fairly low temperature.

    ‘the cool of the night air’
    • ‘There, we fished the ocean from the beaches, waiting until the sunbathers had cooked themselves enough first and the evening cool arrived.’
    • ‘She sat well back from the fire; the night cool had not set in yet.’
    • ‘Emma was shocked at the electricity that had passed between them, an instant heat despite the cool of the June night.’
    • ‘It was night now, I could feel the cool of night in the air, and smell it in the breeze.’
    • ‘All was forgotten in the evening cool of the Greek capital for a few hours at least.’
    • ‘Again, Saoirse shivered pleasantly, enjoying the cool of his hands against her warm, humming skin.’
    • ‘In the summer he is sheltered from heat and flies during the day while turning out at evening to enjoy the cool.’
    • ‘Pushing back the sheets, Loraine lay on her back, staring about at the shadowed room in the pale cool of night.’
    chill, chilliness, coldness
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    1. 1.1 A time or place at which the temperature is pleasantly low.
      ‘the cool of the day’
      • ‘I wandered round the town yesterday evening, and it seemed as if everybody was out and about enjoying the relative cool of the evening.’
      • ‘It's best then to fish in the cool of the dawn or even at night when they are actively on the rampage.’
      • ‘As they sit at the openings of their tents in the cool of the summer evening, on the completion of a long journey, they break out into song.’
      • ‘Now that the sun has set and the cool of the evening has come, some of the warmth we absorbed is flowing back towards her.’
      • ‘Greece is hot in the summer, so make like the locals: take long siestas, then stay up late, letting the kids play in the cool of the night while you linger in a taverna.’
      • ‘He is really on his way to pick berries, isn't he, in the cool of the morning.’
      • ‘Autumn hits hard here and the windows are blurred in the cool of the night but over the mountains there is blue sky and promise of a warm day to burn away the mist.’
      • ‘He did not read it, nor even glance at it, but put it straight into the fire the slaves had so painstakingly built up against the cool of the evening.’
      • ‘In the cool of the evening I made my way back to the Ramblas, and took up station among the buzzing crowds for the Giants' Parade.’
      • ‘In the cool of the evening as the day winds down, they gather again for a cold beer or a Pernod.’
      • ‘That girl had walked with Carlos once down this avenue, once in the cool of the evening, to see a foreign film.’
      • ‘Shivering in the cool of the night, she wrapped her arms around her, running her hands along the goosebumps on her arms.’
      • ‘Summers at Valley Forge are miserably hot and sticky - not at all like the breezy cool of the Kenyan highlands.’
      • ‘The lizards are active for several hours during the relative cool of morning and again in the early evening.’
      • ‘With a bit of effort you rise from you seat and wander out into the cool of the night.’
      • ‘She went outside to mooch around the garden in the cool of the night.’
      • ‘In the cool of the evening, the inn was abuzz with activity.’
      • ‘What better way to end a hot summer's day than to sit back to enjoy the cool of the evening with the latest gripping novel.’
      • ‘There were plenty of choices and in the cool of the evening it was inviting to just sit there and enjoy.’
      • ‘Sometimes a few small boys are scrabbling about on a road or an old lady is sitting out in the cool of an evening.’
  • 2Calmness; composure.

    ‘he recovered his cool and then started laughing at us’
    • ‘For all her cool and calmness, she liked insulting my older brother.’
    • ‘His point guard play is a picture of composure and cool.’
    • ‘Losing her temper and cool with the various journalists tasked to interview her seemed only to increase the public's antipathy towards her as a mother.’
    • ‘What it's all about really is keeping your cool under pressure in the sunny days ahead.’
    • ‘Jason was shocked, he had never seen Vanessa lose her cool and show an emotion.’
    • ‘Hopefully, he'll recover his stony-faced cool in time to thwart the intergalactic threat.’
  • 3The quality of being fashionably attractive or impressive.

    ‘all the cool of high fashion’
    • ‘Topshop was one of the pioneers of turning catwalk cool into high street hip, and it has been hailed as Fashion Retailer Of The Year, not once but twice.’
    • ‘Now Giorgio Armani, one of the world's most influential fashion designers, is bringing his unique brand of Italian cool to Edinburgh.’
    • ‘Casual fashion from the 70s and 80s is the latest street cool, apparently.’

verb

  • 1Become or make less hot.

    no object ‘we dived into the river to cool off’
    with object ‘cool the pastry for five minutes’
    • ‘The weather was beginning to cool, and the wind was blowing gently throughout the bushes and trees.’
    • ‘The temperatures rarely reach into the 90s during the day and cool off dramatically at night.’
    • ‘The weekend's fine weather was good news for Yorkshire's tourist industry and, of course, the baking heat sent many in search of ways to cool off.’
    • ‘I'll return to the tidying and cataloguing when the weather cools down a bit.’
    • ‘It was scorching hot and, at some point in the afternoon when we'd all drunk a lot, some of the lads decided that it was time to cool off in the pool.’
    • ‘Some were using the fountains to cool off because it was so hot!’
    • ‘Remove the cake from its tin and leave to cool on a cooling rack.’
    • ‘Turn out on a rack to cool completely, then chill for at least two hours before serving.’
    • ‘The downpour cooled off the searing heat but failed to ease the city's looming water shortage.’
    • ‘At the end of the treatment, the samples were rapidly cooled to room temperature.’
    • ‘You couldn't imagine a hotter location during the day, but at night it cooled off.’
    • ‘While humans try to cool off under the fan and the more fortunate in air-conditioned rooms, the wild and domestic animals are not so lucky.’
    • ‘Remove from heat once this temperature is reached, cool and store for use as needed.’
    • ‘Drain, reserving one cup cooking liquid, and cool to room temperature.’
    • ‘The molten lava in contact with the air cools quickly to form a skin over the flow.’
    • ‘If the weather is a bit warm, do the baking earlier and let the vegetables and cheese cool to room temperature before serving.’
    • ‘We let these cool on the cooling rack and we made the icing.’
    • ‘Remove from the oven and set aside to cool in the tin.’
    • ‘After they had cooled off in the sea, everyone walked over to the rocky side of the shore.’
    • ‘It started to cool off today, at last, much to Dolly's relief.’
    chill, refrigerate, make cold, make colder
    get cold, get colder, cool down, lose heat
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    1. 1.1 Become or make calm or less excited.
      no object ‘after I'd cooled off, I realized I was being irrational’
      with object ‘George was trying to cool him down’
      • ‘There is need to cool off our tempers and stop fanning the embers of dissent and revolt for united we shall stand and divided we shall surely fall.’
      • ‘The agreement appeared to cool off tempers among local pensioners, as no rallies were reported in the Moscow region on Thursday.’
      • ‘The police were called to restore calm as Lee cooled down in the changing rooms.’
      • ‘Maybe by the time school let out and she came home from work she would have cooled off a bit.’
      • ‘But at least with letters you have time to cool off or sober up before you send an insulting missive winging through the ether.’
      • ‘"He is quick to anger, but he cools down very fast, " said an association office bearer.’
      • ‘We well understood that it was to cool us down, to take the wind out of our sails.’
      • ‘We literally had to pin him down until he cooled off.’
      • ‘Eventually some of the remarks got a bit unpleasant and the ability to comment was temporarily suspended to allow everyone time to cool off.’
      • ‘Just don't let it warm your heart so much that you let your anger cool.’
      • ‘Jean had hopefully cooled off from this morning, and Roger didn't want to anger her again by being late.’
      • ‘Antony drove them back to the shed, he had cooled off a bit, and was in the process of changing the subject.’
      • ‘By time he had gotten his food and sat down at a table in the corner, he had cooled off a bit.’
      • ‘They eventually calmed me down a bit, told me to leave the area and cool off.’
      • ‘He would allow her to come back to him after she cooled off, and he would say nothing of it.’
      • ‘Mr Smith said that the drivers could have walked out on Christmas Eve but had decided to choose New Year's Day to give all parties a chance to cool off.’
      • ‘Try not to bold it against her if she needs more time than you to cool off.’
      • ‘Vicky breathed in the calm night air, but no amount of tranquility could cool her off.’
      • ‘I am just going to take a month off to give him time to cool off a little and think twice about his insane plan.’
      • ‘By the time lunch came around Aliena had cooled down and was hoping she stayed that way.’
      calm down, recover one's self-control, regain one's self-control, recover one's composure, regain one's composure, compose oneself, control oneself, pull oneself together, simmer down
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    2. 1.2cool outWest Indian no object Relax.
      ‘a dreamy spot full of sunshine and sea where you could cool out and detox’
      • ‘I go to the Hilton to cool out by the pool bar.’
      • ‘I woke up late today and pretty much spent the day cooling out.’
      • ‘We were cooling out, sipping fermented sugar cane and chillin’ when, out of the blue a friend of his from England passed through the place.’
      • ‘I remember hanging out by the river just to cool out and check out what's going on.’
      • ‘They just told him go in the back of the truck and cool out.’
      • ‘That's why I didn't send her to school, I wanted her to cool out for a while.’
      • ‘Quite what the teenagers are thinking about when cooling out to this sort of thing is, of course, open to question.’
      • ‘I like to visit there with the family and friends, cool out at the little beaches and rivers.’
      • ‘Pull out a chair for her, turn on the air for her and just cool out, cool out and listen to her’
      • ‘Imagine it's Friday evening after a long day's work, you and several friends decide to cool out at a favorite watering hole.’
      • ‘If she would just cool out and have a brew there would be perfect harmony and joy and one other person who could make a run to the liquor store.’
      • ‘Well, right now, I'm just here cooling out on the net.’
      • ‘My usual mode of dress for cooling out around the house is shirtless because of the warm ambient temperatures that this country usually boasts.’
      • ‘He was merely cooling out waiting to play a match later that afternoon.’
      • ‘I'd just go and cool out in a corner, I won't jump, because sometimes you could be jumping, enjoying yourself and accidentally touch somebody, then a fight will break out.’
      • ‘It's bad karma man, and you just need to cool out unless you want to be reincarnated as a sloth or filthy anteater.’
      • ‘Last night I really didn't do anything but cool out and blog.’
      • ‘You can get as maudlin, dramatic and sentimental as you wish, without anyone telling you to snap out of it, cheer up, or cool out.’
      • ‘When I get home this evening, I will get back to more mundane things, like just cooling out, or maybe I should go for a walk if I get home early enough as I haven't done that in a while.’
      • ‘I guess most people are just glad to not have to go into work and make the best of a holiday cooling out.’

Phrases

  • cool it!

    • informal Behave in a less excitable manner.

      ‘cool it and tell me why you're so ecstatic’
      • ‘If you're not careful you'll be too tired to even lift the crown, cool it!’
      • ‘I ask him to cool it, but he doesn't calm down that easily, so I think it's about something else.’
      • ‘I got a certificate saying I've been admitted to the bar, and I've even got a wig, so cool it!’
  • keep (or lose) one's cool

    • informal Maintain (or fail to maintain) a calm and controlled attitude.

      ‘he finally lost his cool with a photographer and threatened to hit him’
      • ‘The next time something is pushing you to the boiling point, stop and think before you lose your cool and blow up.’
      • ‘There are two kinds: people who freak out, and people who keep their cool.’
      • ‘Jake was cowering under the bridge, shivering, and panting, but trying to keep his cool and not blow his cover.’
      • ‘He has kept remarkably calm, refusing to lose his cool in the face of constant provocation.’
      • ‘He's trying to get control by making me lose my cool.’
      • ‘She had to stay calm and keep her cool before the match.’
      • ‘Despite the fact that he was vastly outnumbered John never lost his cool, stayed calm and came away with a deserved victory.’
      • ‘I finally lost my cool and told a youngster who'd been particularly loud and obnoxious to sit down and be quiet or I'd have him removed by theater staff.’
      • ‘William somehow managed to keep his cool and retain control of their car.’
      • ‘We'll teach you how to keep your cool and stay calm in tight situations.’
      become very angry, fly into a rage, explode, blow up, erupt, lose control, go berserk, breathe fire, begin to rant and rave, flare up, boil over
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  • too cool for school

    • informal Very cool or fashionable.

      ‘he has no brains, no looks, no personality, but he still thinks he's too cool for school’
      • ‘The guy's too cool for school; he is very artsy, thinks outside the box, different.’
      • ‘Maybe just "too cool for school" is what I mean.’
      • ‘Score yourself some of these items and you just may be too cool for school!’
      • ‘The club was filled with 30-something skinny Brits who thought they were too cool for school.’
      • ‘When we see Kate Moss looking too cool for school carrying the latest Mulberry bag, we immediately want one.’
      • ‘She is such a smart ass, a know-it-all, very too cool for school.’
      • ‘We weren't trying to be too cool for school.’
      • ‘So that guy was a little bit too cool for school, but there you go.’
      • ‘The assistants look like they're too cool for school.’
      • ‘You're just too cool for school, aren't you?’

Origin

Old English cōl (noun), cōlian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch koel, also to cold.

Pronunciation

cool

/kuːl/