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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Cool
  1. Moderately cold; between warm and cold; lacking in warmth; producing or promoting coolness."Fanned with cool winds." [Milton.]
  2. Not ardent, warm, fond, or passionate; not hasty; deliberate; exercising self-control; self-possessed; dispassionate; indifferent; as, a cool lover; a cool debater."For a patriot, too cool." [Goldsmith.]
  3. Not retaining heat; light; as, a cool dress.
  4. Manifesting coldness or dislike; chilling; apathetic; as, a cool manner.
  5. Quietly impudent; negligent of propriety in matters of minor importance, either ignorantly or willfully; presuming and selfish; audacious; as, cool behavior."Its cool stare of familiarity was intolerable." [Hawthorne.]
  6. Applied facetiously, in a vague sense, to a sum of money, commonly as if to give emphasis to the largeness of the amount."He had lost a cool hundred." [Fielding.]"Leaving a cool thousand to Mr. Matthew Pocket." [Dickens.]
    synonyms: Calm; dispassionate; self-possessed; composed; repulsive; frigid; alienated; impudent.

Etymology: AS. cōl; akin to D. koel, G. kühl, OHG. chouli, Dan. kölig, Sw. kylig, also to AS. calan to be cold, Icel. kala. See Cold, and cf. Chill

noun Cool
A moderate state of cold; coolness; -- said of the temperature of the air between hot and cold; as, the cool of the day; the cool of the morning or evening.
verb Cool
  1. To make cool or cold; to reduce the temperature of; as, ice cools water."Send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue." [Luke xvi. 24.]
  2. To moderate the heat or excitement of; to allay, as passion of any kind; to calm; to moderate."We have reason to cool our raging motions, our carnal stings, our unbitted lusts." [Shak.]
verb Cool
  1. To become less hot; to lose heat."I saw a smith stand with his hammer, thus, the whilst his iron did on the anvil cool." [Shak.]
  2. To lose the heat of excitement or passion; to become more moderate."I will not give myself liberty to think, lest I should cool." [Congreve.]
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Great coolness and composure under strain ("keep your cool")
  2. The quality of being at a refreshingly low temperature ("the cool of early morning")
  3. Loose heat ("The air cooled considerably after the thunderstorm")
  4. Lose intensity ("His enthusiasm cooled considerably")
  5. Make cool or cooler
  6. Marked by calm self-control (especially in trying circumstances); unemotional ("play it cool", "keep cool", and "stayed coolheaded in the crisis")
  7. Fashionable and attractive at the time; often skilled or socially adept ("he's a cool dude", "that's cool", "Mary's dress is really cool", and "it's not cool to arrive at a party too early")
  8. Used of a quantity or amount (especially of money) for emphasis ("a cool million bucks")
  9. Being satisfactory or in satisfactory condition
  10. Neither warm nor very cold; giving relief from heat ("a cool autumn day", "a cool room", "cool summer dresses", "cool drinks", and "a cool breeze")
  11. Psychologically cool and unenthusiastic; unfriendly or unresponsive or showing dislike ("relations were cool and polite", "a cool reception", and "cool to the idea of higher taxes")
  12. Inducing the impression of coolness; used especially of greens and blues and violets when referring to color ("cool greens and blues and violets" and "the cool sound of rushing water")

From Middle English cool, from Old English cōl (“cool, cold, tranquil, calm”), from Proto-Germanic *kōlaz, *kōlijaz (“cool”), from Proto-Indo-European *gel- (“cold”). Cognate with Dutch koel (“cool”), German kühl (“cool”). Related to cold.

  1. A moderate or refreshing state of cold; moderate temperature of the air between hot and cold; coolness.
    in the of the morning
  2. A calm temperament.

From Middle English colen, from Old English cōlian (“to cool, grow cold, be cold”), from Proto-Germanic *kōlēną (“to become cold”), from Proto-Indo-European *gel- (“to freeze”). Cognate with Dutch koelen (“to cool”), German kühlen (“to cool”), Swedish, häftig (“cool”)kyla (“to cool, refrigerate”). Also partially from Middle English kelen, from Old English cēlan (“to cool, be cold, become cold”), from Proto-Germanic *kōlijaną (“to cool”), altered to resemble the adjective cool. See keel.

    cool was also found in the following language(s): Dutch, French, German, Spanish, and Swedish

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Cool U.S.
      White 90.56% 64.26%
      African American 3.73% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.49% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.32% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.00% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 1.90% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Cool

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    Fun Facts about the name Cool

    • How Popular is the name Cool? As a last name Cool was the 6,801st most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Cool first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Cool is Friday, January 11th, 1901.
    • How unique is the name Cool? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Cool. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Cool: Your name in reverse order is Looc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Oloc. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Cool? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 4,958 people with the last name Cool.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Cool? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Cool as their last name.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
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