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I can understand "Hot". When somebody says "hot" to anybody it means the 2nd person is sexy, stylish, fashioner or sexually arousing. But what does "cool" mean? I can't get any meaning other than "chill" or "cold". So what does it mean when somebody says "looking cool buddy" to somebody or "pretty cool" looking at some stuff?

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closed as general reference by Andrew Leach, Carlo_R., Jason Bourne, Rory Alsop, Mistu4u Jan 18 '13 at 9:23

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Urban Dictionary to the rescue! –  Mr Lister Jan 18 '13 at 8:03
You don't even need to resort to Urban Dictionary. Even more mainstream works have it. –  Andrew Leach Jan 18 '13 at 8:06
@MrLister, I checked the sites of urban dictionaries, but an elaborated answer would be very charming with some examples. Especially if some native English speakers show some! –  Mistu4u Jan 18 '13 at 8:06

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Attractively shrewd or clever; sophisticated, stylish, classy; fashionable, up to date; sexually attractive.

The evidence indicates that this sense originated around the second decade of the 20th century

(Oxford English Dictionary)

The most recent citation is from 2000:

For years, anything more than a slick of Vaseline or a brush of mascara was considered too try-hard to be cool.

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