AskDefine | Define gelid

Dictionary Definition

gelid adj : extremely cold; "an arctic climate"; "a frigid day"; "gelid waters of the North Atlantic"; "glacial winds"; "icy hands"; "polar weather" [syn: arctic, frigid, glacial, icy, polar]

User Contributed Dictionary



First attested in 1630. From gelidus from gelum.


  • /ˈdʒɛl.ɪd/


  1. Very cold; icy or frosty.
    • New Yorker.
      A man of gelid reserve.
    • 2005 - Robert Jordan, Knife of Dreams
      In the worst of summer the tower remained cool, yet the air seemed feverish and gelid when sisters of different Ajahs came too close.

Related terms


very cold; icy
  • French: froid
  • Italian: gelido, freddo, gelato, ghiacciato
  • Spanish: gélido
  • Swedish: iskall, frusen

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Siberian, algid, arctic, below zero, biting, bitter, bitterly cold, blast-frozen, bleak, boreal, brisk, brumal, chill, chilly, cold, cold as charity, cold as death, cold as ice, cold as marble, congealed, cool, crisp, cutting, freezing, freezing cold, frigid, frostbitten, frostnipped, frosty, frozen, frozen solid, glacial, hibernal, hiemal, hyperborean, ice, ice-cold, ice-encrusted, icelike, icy, icy-cold, inclement, keen, nipping, nippy, numbing, penetrating, piercing, pinching, quick-frozen, raw, rigorous, severe, sharp, sharp-frozen, sleety, slushy, snappy, stone-cold, subzero, supercooled, winterbound, winterlike, wintery, wintry
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