15+ Slang Words For Cold (And How To Use Them)

When the temperature goes down, you feel the shivering set in and your teeth start to clatter. The cold can easily be very unpleasant and unforgiving.

Down below is a list of slang words for cold, which you may find useful. Enjoy reading.

Slang Words for Cold (in Alphabetical Order)

Arctic Outside

Meaning:

  • (Expression) An exaggeration of the weather, especially when it is cold or snowing.  
  • Example: It’s arctic outside. Better prepare your jackets. 

Baltic

Meaning:

  • (Adjective) This slang comes from the Baltic region near the Baltic Sea that is known for its long winters and usually cold weather. The slang simply means that it is cold. 
  • Example: The Baltic weather we are having is very strange. Maybe it is because of climate change.

Bitter

Meaning:

  • (Adjective) Shortened or abbreviated form of “bitterly cold.”
  • Example: Frostbite is pretty common when it gets bitter outside.

Blustery

Meaning:

  • (Adjective) Used to describe the weather that has strong, rough, and cold winds. 
  • Example: Bring in the laundry, the blustery winds mean it might rain.

Bone-Chilling

Meaning:

  • (Adjective) It means so cold that you feel it in your bones, and it may cause your whole body to rattle.  
  • Example: Our expedition to the Antarctic was bone-chilling. Most of our equipment broke down.

Brass Monkey Weather

Meaning:

  • (Noun) Strange or out-of-the-ordinary weather characterized by extreme cold. 
  • Example: The weatherman should be punished for not predicting this brass monkey weather today.

Brick

Meaning:

  • (Adjective) A New York slang for freezing temperatures or coldness. 
  • Example: School is canceled because it’s brick outside and tons of kids would get sick.

Chilly

Meaning:

  • (Adjective) A simple slang for feeling somewhat cold. 
  • Example: It is getting chilly in here. Better adjust the thermostat. 

Crule

Meaning:

  • (Verb) An old slang word that means to shiver because of the cold. It can also mean to warm up near a fire.  
  • Example: You should’ve brought some gloves. He is starting to crule at this altitude. 

Dead of Winter

Meaning:

  • (Noun) The middle of winter or the coldest part of winter.
  • Example: Bears are often hibernating to survive the dead of winter.

Freezing

Meaning:

  • (Adjective) This does not mean that you are literally freezing, but rather means that it is getting pretty cold.  
  • Example: The café was freezing because someone messed with the air conditioning. 

Hapwarm

Meaning:

  • (Noun) An old Yorkshire slang in the 18th century that refers to clothing worn to keep warm. 
  • Example: The pioneers or settlers valued animals because they can make hapwarm for the winter using their leather. 

Nippy

Meaning:

  • (Adjective) Slightly cold, often a bit unusual. 
  • Example: It’s summer, but it is nippy out.

Nithered

Meaning:

  • (Adjective) Used in Scotland and Northern England, this slang is used to refer to the unbearable coldness of the air or climate. 
  • Example: We won’t survive this nithered month without proper supplies. 

Tater

Meaning:

  • (Adjective) The Cockney Rhyming Slang for cold. 
  • Example: My word! The afternoon is far too tater and I’m afraid that event has to be canceled.

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