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  • adj. Cold as a metallic key; lifeless.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Cold as a metallic key; lifeless.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Cold as a key; icy; lifeless; inanimate.


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  • (adjective) - (1) As cold as a key, on account of the coldness of the metal of which it is composed; a key was anciently employed to stop any slight bleeding. The epithet is common to many old writers.

    --Rev. Alexander Dyce's Glossary to the Works of Shakespeare, 1902

    (2) Lifeless.

    --Noah Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language, 1828

    January 19, 2018

  • Ruzuzu, somewhere around here is a list of state lists. I'll rummage around, and if I can't find it, maybe I'll make one. :-) Meantime, enjoy this one and this one.

    December 21, 2010

  • Mwohahaha!

    December 17, 2010

  • Gah! Thanks. Thought I'd checked the definitions yesterday but obvs not.

    December 17, 2010

  • Ahem! key-cold is listed as an adjective in GNU Webster's 1913 with this definition: "Cold as a metallic key; lifeless."

    The pun and perhaps the ensuing confusion stems from ruzuzu's mention of the Florida Keys?

    December 17, 2010

  • Brr, that is quite cold. But why would you be key-cold, any more than anyone is their-area-cold? Is there some pun here that I'm missing?

    Sorry for being such a bore.

    December 17, 2010

  • Is there a Florida list yet? If not, I nominate hernesheir to start one.

    December 17, 2010

  • I'm far north of the Keys - overnight lows in the 20's the past few nights, but warmer for the next few days. I've saved my winter vegetables from freezing by laying strings of Christmas lights among the rows and tenting with bedsheets and tarpaulins.

    December 17, 2010

  • The Florida Keys are cold?

    December 17, 2010

  • Florida... keys....

    Makes sense to me!

    December 17, 2010

  • Wuh?

    December 16, 2010

  • Overnight lows in the low 20's have left me key-cold, here in Florida of all places.

    December 16, 2010