Definition of cold-blooded in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkōldˈblədid/


1(Of a kind of animal) having a body temperature varying with that of the environment; poikilothermic.
Example sentences
  • Crocodiles are cold-blooded creatures, and they keep their temperature constant by basking in the sun and staying in the water at night.
  • There is a story about a frog, which, being a cold-blooded creature, adapts its temperature to its surroundings.
  • Butterflies are cold-blooded and bask in the sun to raise their body temperatures.
2Without emotion or pity; deliberately cruel or callous: a cold-blooded murder
More example sentences
  • He is also a cruel, cold-blooded, wicked, sadistic, brutal, ruthless and evil person.
  • It was a cold-blooded and brutal murder of people who were running away.
  • The cold-blooded murder galvanized the public AND the authorities.
cold, cold-hearted, unemotional



Pronunciation: /ˌkōldˈblədidlē/
Example sentences
  • He acted cold-bloodedly and could do the same thing to me or, more importantly, my family.
  • But there are solid grounds for believing that the police deliberately set off on a mission of assassination and cold-bloodedly murdered him in his bed.
  • In this country, in any part of the world, the law should be if you cold-bloodedly take a life, then you deserve to have your own taken in punishment.


Pronunciation: /ˈkōldˌblədədnəs/
Example sentences
  • Meanwhile his wife reflects on the cold-bloodedness of writers: ‘She had always hated this use of other people's tragedies, other people's sanctities.’
  • The ‘Angel’ has to grapple with the guilt of exposing his son to the terrors and cold-bloodedness of the mob world.
  • I read these things with a certain amount of cold-bloodedness, I have to admit.

Words that rhyme with cold-blooded

hot-blooded, red-blooded, unstudied, warm-blooded

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Syllabification: cold-blood·ed

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