Thursday, 6 December 2012

Frío


Today's WOTD is: "frío" = cold

In Spanish, “frío” is a masculine noun of Latin, which means cold.

The Spanish word “frío” may also be the masculine form of a describing word/ adjective meaning cold. The feminine form of that adjective is “fría”.

Related Spanish action words/ verbs are “enfríarse” (to become cold) and “enfríar” (to cause to cool down).

*NB The Spanish noun "frio" should not be used to refer to the English common cold, which in Spanish could be "resfriado".

Some commonly used expressions with the word “frío” are:
  • Aire frío (cold air);
  • Bolsa de aire frío (cold air pocket- meteorology);
  • Cabeza fría (cold head);
  • Cámara de frío (cold room/ cold storage);
  • Chapa laminada en frío (cold rolled steel sheet);
  • Color frío (cold tone/ colour);
  • Dejar frío (leave unmoved/ unperturbed);
  • Dejar frío algo (to leave staggered/ astonished/ to knock for six);
  • En frío (unheated/ cold);
  • En frío (calmly);
  • Frente frío (cold front- weather);
  • Frío glacial (ice cold/ freezing cold/ bitterly cold);
  • Gota fría (cut-off low- meteorology);
  • Hacer frío (to be cold- weather);
  • Lavar en frío (to wash in cold water/ cold wash);
  • Lectura en frío (cold reading);
  • Masa de aire frío (cold air mass- meteorology);
  • Mente fría (cool/ cold head);
  • Ola de frío (cold spell);
  • Pasar frío (to be/ to feel cold and unable to get warm);
  • Quedarse alguien frío (to be left staggered/ astonished);
  • Tener frío (to feel/ to be cold);

Some examples of the use of the word "frío" are:
  • Se acerca una masa de aire frío del norte (a cold air mass is coming from the North);
  • Se acerca una bolsa de aire frío del norte (a cold air pocket is coming from the North);
  • Hay que mantener la cabeza fría (one must keep a cool head);
  • La carne está en la cámara de frío (the meat is in the cold room/ storage);
  • En esa planta se produce chapa laminada en frío (that plant produces a cold rolled steel sheet);
  • Los colores fríos son los que van del azul al verde (cold colours are those between blue and green);
  • Ese tipo de música me deja frío (that type of music does nothing for me- male speaking);
  • Ese tipo de música me deja fría (that type of music does nothing for me- female speaking);
  • Esa noticia me ha dejado frío (that news does nothing for me- male speaking);
  • Esa noticia me ha dejado fría (that news does nothing for me- female speaking);
  • Recetas de carne para servir en frío (meat dish recipes to be served cold);
  • Ese tema deberíamos tratarlo en frío (we should deal with that matter calmly);
  • Se acerca un frente frío (a cold front is coming);
  • Aquí hace frío (it is cold here);
  • Hoy hace un frío glacial (it is bitterly cold today);
  • La gota fría es un fenómeno típico del Mediterráneo (the cut-off low is a phenomenon typical of the Mediterranean);
  • Esa prenda es para lavar en frío (that garment should be washed in a cold wash);
  • La lectura en frío forma parte del espectáculo de algunos artistas (some entertainers use cold reading in their shows);
  • Se acerca una ola de frío (a cold spell is coming);
  • Mente fría y corazón caliente (a cold head and a warm heart);
  • En Nueva York pasamos frío (in New York we were very cold);
  • Cuando lo leí me quedé frío (I was staggered at/ could not believe what I read- male speaking);
  • Cuando lo leí me quedé fría (I was staggered at/ could not believe what I read- female speaking);
  • Tengo frío (I am/ I feel cold);

Love-Spanish.com loves the word "frío" in the YouTube clip: HILDA LIZARAZU . HACE FRIO YA

For more on the word "frío", visit: Wordreference.com/es/ Frío*

*NB 'Click' on the speaker icon, next to the word "frío" in the link to hear the word pronounced.

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