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Nippy vs. Cold

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Nippyadjective

fast; speedy

Coldadjective

(of a thing) Having a low temperature.

‘A cold wind whistled through the trees.’;

Nippyadjective

(informal) Of the weather, rather cold.

‘Gosh, it's a bit nippy today: I'd better wear my gloves.’;

Coldadjective

(of the weather) Causing the air to be cold.

‘The forecast is that it will be very cold today.’;

Nippyadjective

Inclined to nip; bitey.

Coldadjective

(of a person or animal) Feeling the sensation of coldness, especially to the point of discomfort.

‘She was so cold she was shivering.’;

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Nippyadjective

annoying; irritating

Coldadjective

Unfriendly, emotionally distant or unfeeling.

‘She shot me a cold glance before turning her back.’;

Nippyadjective

(Scotland) sharp in taste

Coldadjective

Dispassionate, not prejudiced or partisan, impartial.

‘Let's look at this tomorrow with a cold head.’; ‘He's a nice guy, but the cold facts say we should fire him.’; ‘The cold truth is that states rarely undertake military action unless their national interests are at stake.’;

Nippyadjective

(Scotland) curt

Coldadjective

Completely unprepared; without introduction.

‘He was assigned cold calls for the first three months.’;

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Nippyadjective

(Scotland) parsimonious

Coldadjective

Unconscious or deeply asleep; deprived of the metaphorical heat associated with life or consciousness.

‘I knocked him out cold.’; ‘After one more beer he passed out cold.’;

Nippy

Pleasantly cold and invigorating; - of weather conditions.

Coldadjective

(usually with "have" or "know" transitively) Perfectly, exactly, completely; by heart.

‘Practice your music scales until you know them cold.’; ‘Try both these maneuvers until you have them cold and can do them in the dark without thinking.’; ‘Rehearse your lines until you have them down cold.’; ‘Keep that list in front of you, or memorize it cold.’;

Nippyadjective

pleasantly cold and invigorating;

‘crisp clear nights and frosty mornings’; ‘a nipping wind’; ‘a nippy fall day’; ‘snappy weather’;

Coldadjective

(usually with "have" transitively) Cornered, done for.

‘With that receipt, we have them cold for fraud.’; ‘Criminal interrogation. Initially they will dream up explanations faster than you could ever do so, but when they become fatigued, often they will acknowledge that you have them cold.’;

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Nippy

A nippy was a waitress who worked in the J. Lyons & Co tea shops and cafés in London. Beginning in the late 19th century, a J. Lyons waitress was called a .

‘Gladys’;

Coldadjective

(obsolete) Not pungent or acrid.

Coldadjective

(obsolete) Unexciting; dull; uninteresting.

Coldadjective

Affecting the sense of smell (as of hunting dogs) only feebly; having lost its odour.

‘a cold scent’;

Coldadjective

(obsolete) Not sensitive; not acute.

Coldadjective

Distant; said, in the game of hunting for some object, of a seeker remote from the thing concealed. Compare warm and hot.

‘You're cold … getting warmer … hot! You've found it!’;

Coldadjective

(painting) Having a bluish effect; not warm in colour.

Coldadjective

(databases) Rarely used or accessed, and thus able to be relegated to slower storage.

Coldnoun

A condition of low temperature.

‘Come in, out of the cold.’;

Coldnoun

(medicine) A common, usually harmless, viral illness, usually with congestion of the nasal passages and sometimes fever.

‘I caught a miserable cold and had to stay home for a week.’;

Coldadverb

While at low temperature.

‘The steel was processed cold.’;

Coldadverb

Without preparation.

‘The speaker went in cold and floundered for a topic.’;

Coldadverb

With finality.

‘I knocked him out cold.’;

Coldadverb

In a cold, frank, or realistically honest manner.

Coldadjective

Deprived of heat, or having a low temperature; not warm or hot; gelid; frigid.

Coldadjective

Lacking the sensation of warmth; suffering from the absence of heat; chilly; shivering; as, to be cold.

Coldadjective

Not pungent or acrid.

Coldadjective

Wanting in ardor, intensity, warmth, zeal, or passion; spiritless; unconcerned; reserved.

‘A cold and unconcerned spectator.’; ‘No cold relation is a zealous citizen.’;

Coldadjective

Unwelcome; disagreeable; unsatisfactory.

Coldadjective

Wanting in power to excite; dull; uninteresting.

‘What a deal of cold business doth a man misspend the better part of life in!’; ‘The jest grows cold . . . when in comes on in a second scene.’;

Coldadjective

Affecting the sense of smell (as of hunting dogs) but feebly; having lost its odor; as, a cold scent.

Coldadjective

Not sensitive; not acute.

‘Smell this business with a sense as coldAs is a dead man's nose.’;

Coldadjective

Distant; - said, in the game of hunting for some object, of a seeker remote from the thing concealed.

Coldadjective

Having a bluish effect. Cf. Warm, 8.

‘He was slain in cold blood after the fight was over.’;

Coldnoun

The relative absence of heat or warmth.

Coldnoun

The sensation produced by the escape of heat; chilliness or chillness.

‘When she saw her lord prepared to part,A deadly cold ran shivering to her heart.’;

Coldnoun

A morbid state of the animal system produced by exposure to cold or dampness; a catarrh.

Coldverb

To become cold.

Coldnoun

a mild viral infection involving the nose and respiratory passages (but not the lungs);

‘will they never find a cure for the common cold?’;

Coldnoun

the absence of heat;

‘the coldness made our breath visible’; ‘come in out of the cold’; ‘cold is a vasoconstrictor’;

Coldnoun

the sensation produced by low temperatures;

‘he shivered from the cold’; ‘the cold helped clear his head’;

Coldadjective

used of physical coldness; having a low or inadequate temperature or feeling a sensation of coldness or having been made cold by e.g. ice or refrigeration;

‘a cold climate’; ‘a cold room’; ‘dinner has gotten cold’; ‘cold fingers’; ‘if you are cold, turn up the heat’; ‘a cold beer’;

Coldadjective

extended meanings; especially of psychological coldness; without human warmth or emotion;

‘a cold unfriendly nod’; ‘a cold and unaffectionate person’; ‘a cold impersonal manner’; ‘cold logic’; ‘the concert left me cold’;

Coldadjective

having lost freshness through passage of time;

‘a cold trail’; ‘dogs attempting to catch a cold scent’;

Coldadjective

(color) giving no sensation of warmth;

‘a cold bluish gray’;

Coldadjective

marked by errorless familiarity;

‘had her lines cold before rehearsals started’;

Coldadjective

no longer new; uninteresting;

‘cold (or stale) news’;

Coldadjective

so intense as to be almost uncontrollable;

‘cold fury gripped him’;

Coldadjective

sexually unresponsive;

‘was cold to his advances’; ‘a frigid woman’;

Coldadjective

without compunction or human feeling;

‘in cold blood’; ‘cold-blooded killing’; ‘insensate destruction’;

Coldadjective

feeling or showing no enthusiasm;

‘a cold audience’; ‘a cold response to the new play’;

Coldadjective

unconscious from a blow or shock or intoxication;

‘the boxer was out cold’; ‘pass out cold’;

Coldadjective

of a seeker; far from the object sought

Coldadjective

lacking the warmth of life;

‘cold in his grave’;

Cold

Cold is the presence of low temperature, especially in the atmosphere. In common usage, cold is often a subjective perception.

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