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Using a Thesaurus

Updated: Dec 4, 2023

"That's cool." He said this as the car revved its engines.

The word "cool" is by most accounts, overused.

In a dictionary there a number of meanings of the word. Let's take a look at some of these.

cool| kul | adjective 形容詞

1 of or at a fairly low temperature: it'll be a cool afternoon | the wind kept them cool. soothing or refreshing because of its low temperature: a cool drink in the leafy shade | figurative : the bathroom was all glass and cool, muted blues. (especially of clothing) keeping one from becoming too hot: wear your cool, comfortable shirts.

2 showing no friendliness toward a person or enthusiasm for an idea or project: he gave a cool reception to the suggestion for a research center. free from excitement or anxiety: he prided himself on keeping a cool head | she seems cool, calm, and collected. (of jazz, especially modern jazz) restrained and relaxed.

3 informal fashionably attractive or impressive: I always wore sunglasses to look cool. excellent: [as exclamation] : a computer you didn't even have to plug in. Cool! used to express acceptance or agreement: if people want to freak out at our clubs, that's cool.

noun 名詞

1 (the cool) a fairly low temperature: the cool of the night air. a time or place at which the temperature is pleasantly low: the cool of the evening.

2 calmness; composure: he recovered his cool and then started laughing at us.

3 the quality of being fashionably attractive or impressive: all the cool of high fashion.

verb 動詞

become or cause to become less hot: [no object] : we dived into the river to cool off | [with object] : cool the pastry for five minutes | figurative : his feelings for her took a long time to cool. become or cause to become calm or less excited: [no object] : after I'd cooled off, I realized I was being irrational | [with object] : George was trying to cool him down. • (cool down) recover from strenuous physical exertion by doing gentle stretches and exercises; warm down.

In this instance, we see that it fits with example 3. So what might have been a better word to use in this case?

That were a Thesaurus comes in handy. Look up cool and we might see something like the following.

5 informal

she thinks she's so cool: fashionable, in fashion, in vogue, voguish, (bang) up to date, up to the minute, modern, all the rage, modish, trendsetting, stylish, chic; sophisticated, cosmopolitan, elegant, stylish, smart, chic, glamorous, classy, high-class, high-toned; attractive, appealing, impressive;

Some of these are a bit excessive, so you need to be careful that you don't just choose the first option. "Chic, glamorous, classy, high-class, high-toned; attractive, and appealing," are all words I'd avoid in this instance, but "impressive" would work.

"That's impressive." He said this as as the car revved its engines.


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