Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Latin, early 17th century
Icy; extremely cold.
Examples of Gelid in a sentence
"Chicago is gelid in the winter."
"Greta called in sick to avoid having to navigate the gelid roads."
Popularity Over Time
Gelid developed from the Latin words "gelidus" and "gelus," which mean "frost or intense cold."
Did you Know?
You might find yourself shivering in gelid weather. When the body shivers, your skin tightens and your muscles shake — a response that is supposed to help generate heat in chilly situations. You can think of this as the opposite of sweating, a bodily function that attempts to cool the body's temperature when hot.