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"Cold" is an adjective which is often translated as "frío", and "chilly" is an adjective which is also often translated as "frío". Learn more about the difference between "cold" and "chilly" below.
cold(
kold
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (temperature)
a. frío
This food is cold. Send it back to the kitchen.Esta comida está fría. Devuélvela a la cocina.
2. (unfriendly)
a. frío
She is such a cold person. She didn't acknowledge me at all when I greeted her.Ella es una persona tan fría. No me devolvió el saludo.
3. (impersonal)
a. frío
You have to be a bit cold and objective to be the president of a company.Tienes que ser un poco frío e imparcial para ser el presidente de una empresa.
4. (indifferent)
a. frío
His false declaration of love left me cold.Su falsa declaración de amor me dejó fría.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
5. (cold weather)
a. el frío
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The kids were shivering with cold in the snow.Los niños temblaban de frío en la nieve.
6. (illness)
a. el resfriado
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I've got a cold and can't go to the gym.Tengo un resfriado y no puedo ir al gimnasio.
b. el catarro
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
If we stay out in this weather, we will catch a cold.Si nos quedamos fuera con este tiempo, pillaremos un catarro.
c. el resfrío
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(Southern Cone)
Stay at home if you have a cold.Si tiene un resfrío, quédese en casa.
d. el constipado
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
One of the symptoms of the common cold is sneezing.Uno de los síntomas del constipado común es estornudar.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
7. (abruptly)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
He stopped cold when she called him.Se paró en seco cuando ella lo llamó.
I quit eating junk food cold and it has been very difficult.Dejé de comer comida chatarra de un solo golpe y ha sido difícil.
8. (without preparation)
a. sin preparación
I went to play the match cold.Fui a jugar el partido sin preparación.
9. (completely)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I have my monologue for the audition memorized cold.Tengo el monólogo para la prueba memorizado bien pero bien.
The player turned the first contract offer down cold.El jugador rechazó rotundamente la primera oferta de contrato.
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chilly(
chih
-
li
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (cold)
a. frío
On chilly nights like tonight I really crave hot chocolate.En las noches frías como esta, se me antoja mucho el chocolate caliente.
The mornings can be quite chilly in the mountains.Las mañanas pueden ser bastante frías en las montañas.
b. fresquito
After a month of temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius, 25 feels chilly.Después de un mes de temperaturas superiores a 40 grados centígrados, 25 parece algo fresquito.
c. fresco
It's always chilly in the canyon.Siempre hace fresco en el cañón.
2. (unfriendly)
a. frío
The governor got a chilly reception at the police station after announcing cuts to local police funding.El gobernador tuvo un recibimiento frío en la comisaría después de anunciar recortes a los fondos para la policía local.
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