Adjective "gelid" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Icy; extremely cold.
  1. 'she gave a gelid reply'
  2. 'This dispassionate view of man and nature brings an icy edge to her work, intensified by her color choice of glacial whites and gelid blues.'
  3. 'I can still recall that gelid winter morning, with the cold wind whistling around my ears.'
  4. 'Although they were high in the mountains, and the wind was from the east, and cold with a foretaste of winter, still, it felt warmer than the gelid air radiating from the White River.'
  5. 'Christmas nears with a vengeance: its jingling bell like a tinkling lily in gelid fluff overhangs the premises where they sell alcoholic beverages and stuff.'
  6. 'In two rows, we soldiers wait in the gelid night, parked in what appears to be a square designated for maneuvers.'
  7. 'One of these methods is to blanket everyone in a paralyzing, gelid mass of sulfonated sugar polymers - like institutional tapioca pudding.'
  8. 'As the scores indicate - typically gelid to frozen - the shots seem to fall in the unflattering to outright frightening range.'
  9. 'He waited in ghastly silence under the stairs as the doors flung open, sending in a gelid breeze.'
  10. 'The wind coming from the gelid ocean was bitter cold, making exposed flesh burn.'
  11. 'But prepare for disillusionment, too, for these artists were blissfully ignorant of more than just the watery liberalism we now cringingly sip like gelid, day-old decaf.'


1. very cold; icy.

More examples(as adjective)

"eyes can be gelid."


Early 17th century: from Latin gelidus, from gelu ‘frost, intense cold’.