Definition of coldly in US English:



  • Without affection or warmth of feeling; unemotionally.

    ‘Derek looked at her coldly’
    ‘a coldly contemptuous tone’
    • ‘One minute he's smiling and making jokes, then the next he's snarling coldly at someone.’
    • ‘They said hi back, but coldly and with a smile that seemed unfriendly and strange.’
    • ‘After all, as the Home Office coldly points out, the law must be enforced.’
    • ‘He also offered two of his men to guard the hospital from now on but the doctor coldly said it was unnecessary.’
    • ‘His coldly rational attitude to sex as a harmless pastime alienates his son and threatens to tear his research team apart.’
    • ‘The stadium lights glare down coldly as you inhale a deep breath of cold, crisp air.’
    • ‘The reception was coldly polite and I put the phone down thinking the message had arrived but no-one was home to hear it.’
    • ‘But a play that seemed mildly provocative on a first viewing now looks as coldly manipulative as its heroine.’
    • ‘A girl told today how a driver knocked her down and then stared coldly into her eyes as she lay on a pelican crossing.’
    • ‘Terrence just glared coldly at Damien before turning swiftly on his heel and leaving.’
    • ‘I am talking about people who coldly kill people in a calculating fashion.’
    • ‘This is no coldly efficient war machine, but an army of civilians.’
    • ‘Governments make calculations all the time, quite coldly and quite clinically.’
    • ‘Martin was sharpening up now; paying attention to every inflexion in that coldly condescending voice.’
    • ‘She came face to face with a tall man with black eyes staring down at her coldly.’
    • ‘Will the mysterious and coldly menacing Cowboy carry out his threats?’
    • ‘Patrick stared at her coldly for a minute then continued up towards the main control room.’
    • ‘But where I draw the line on this is when marriage begins to be looked at as coldly as a business merger.’
    • ‘The woman stares coldly at my mum as if she were crazy to even ask such a thing.’
    • ‘Those who had coldly sat and analysed the situation knew that would always be the case but rarely have so many wanted to be proved so wrong.’
    sternly, grimly, dourly, disapprovingly, sombrely, gravely, seriously, stiffly
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