Something gelid is either very cold in a refreshing way or just extremely cold.
Part of speech:
(Adjectives are describing words, like “large” or “late.”
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in “a gelid fear.”
2. After a linking verb, as in "The fear was gelid.”)
You might see the word's close relationship to "gelatin," "gel," and "jelly," but "gelid" doesn't mean "gel-like." Be sure to use "gelid" to mean "cold," and use "gelatinous" to mean "gel-like" or "jelly-like."
How to use it:
Notice that the first meaning is pleasant and even poetic ("refreshingly frosty") but the second meaning, "extremely cold," when used figuratively is very unpleasant.
For that first meaning, talk about gelid air, gelid rain, a gelid creek or river, a gelid color (like a gelid gray or a gelid light blue,) gelid fruits, a gelid smoothie, the gelid crunch of snow under your boots, a gelid glimmer on the frosty store windows, and so on.
And for the second meaning, in its figurative sense, talk about a gelid response, a gelid rejection, a gelid fear, a gelid gesture, a gelid glance, a gelid personality, etc.
I love the smooth, gelid feel of a marble counter or backsplash.
With a gelid shrug and a pointed change of subject, she dismissed my concerns.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "gelid" means when you can explain it without saying "icy" or "invigorating."
Think of something cold you love to eat or drink, and fill in the blank: "I could really go for a gelid _____ right about now."
Example: "I could really go for a gelid cherry shaved ice right about now. The kind with a scoop of ice cream in the bottom of the cup."
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1. The best opposite of GELID is
2. His gelid reception at the party was _____ considering _____.
A. puzzling .. he'd been invited so kindly
B. exciting .. the dozens of potential new friends in attendance
C. appreciated .. how, as the new kid, he'd barely had a chance to get to know anyone yet
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