One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Pleasantly low temperature.‘the coolth of the evening’
- ‘Do we see the whiteness of the snow, but only believe in its coolth?’
- ‘How soothing it is, forsooth, to desire coolth and vanquish inadequate Brit warmth.’
- ‘She promised coolth in San Francisco, where Julia had set her heart on spending the night.’
- ‘The walls of the house alone have 230,000 lb of adobe mass that can store heat and coolth (yes, this is a word).’
2informal The quality of being fashionable.‘the pinnacle of 1960s coolth’
- ‘Of course, just saying ‘hippest’ gives away my age and my utter lack of coolness or coolth or whatever term those people are using these days.’
- ‘The dialogue is actually smart and sharp, without studied and overwritten coolth.’
Mid 16th century (but rare before the 20th century): from cool + -th.
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