Definition of key-cold in English:

key-cold

adjective

  • 1Extremely cold; devoid of heat (sometimes with connotations of death). Compare "stone-cold". In later use chiefly literary.

  • 2Figurative. Entirely devoid of warmth of feeling; without zeal or fervour. Now rare.

Origin

Early 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas More (1478–1535), lord chancellor, humanist, and martyr. From key + cold.

Pronunciation

key-cold

/ˈkiːˌkəʊld/