Five Essential Words/Expressions about British Winters

As we are in the middle of winter, with snow storms in America and in parts of Asia, it seems appropriate to write about vocabulary related to this topic. It can be cold in the UK but what other words can we use to describe our weather? Hopefully you will learn some new words as we look at 5 expressions you could use when speaking with friends in English about the Winter.

These are:

  1. Chilly (adj.)
    The word ‘chilly’ has two meanings – one as a noun (to describe a plant which is a bit spicy) and the other as an adjective. When you use the word ‘chilly’ as an adjective it can mean uncomfortably cold: “It’s been a chilly January” or “I felt a bit chilly this morning”.
  2. Freezing (adj.)
    The word above can be both an adjective and noun, similar to above but as an adjective ‘freezing’ can mean to be below 0°C and can describe the overall temperature to be very cold: “It’s freezing today!”.
  3. I can’t feel my toes (expression)
    You may feel so cold that some parts of your body may become numb and you lose feeling in parts of your body. If this is the case, you could say “It’s so cold today! I can’t feel my toes!”.
  4. To be on thin ice (idiom)
    If you are doing something which is risky or dangerous, such as walking on thin ice as it may break, you will get into trouble: “As Mark didn’t arrive to work on time this week, he’s on thin ice with his boss”.
  5. To give someone the cold shoulder (idiom)
    You can use this idiom at any time of the year, just like the idiom above, and it means to act unfriendly or to ignore someone: “Claire is giving me the cold shoulder since I embarrassed her by dancing in front of her friends”.

To get you into the spirit of winter, you could watch “Frozen” and learn more vocabulary related to winter and see what else you could do during this chilly period of the year. What words do you know associated with winter? How is winter in your country? Does it snow or is it usually warm? That’s all and have a wonderful winter.


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