from The Century Dictionary.

  • Without heat; with a moderate degree of cold: as, the wind blew coolly through the trees.
  • With a moderate sensation of cold.
  • Without haste or passion; calmly; deliberately: as, the design was formed coolly and executed with firmness.
  • In a cool or indifferent manner; not cordially; carelessly; disrespectfully: as, he was coolly received at court.
  • With quiet presumption or impudence; nonchalantly; impudently: as, he coolly took the best for himself.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective obsolete Coolish; cool.
  • adverb In a cool manner; without heat or excessive cold; without passion or ardor; calmly; deliberately; with indifference; impudently.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb In a cool, unpanicked or collected manner.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adverb in a composed and unconcerned manner


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