I was reading the about me page on an author of a poker strategy website and on one of the passages he describes himself as a pretty cool guy:

This is the page where you get to read a little more about me and subsequently find out that the guy behind such a sophisticated Texas Hold em website is actually really cool.

I looked up the meaning of cool and it seems like when it's used to describe a person, its meaning is negative. From OALD cool used with persons means:

  1. not friendly, interested or enthusiastic
  2. calm and confident in a way that lacks respect for other people, but makes people admire you as well as disapprove

So what does he mean when he describes himself as "cool"?

  • This article explores the different meanings that cool has when applied to a person: articles.latimes.com/2012/nov/10/health/…
    – Carolyn
    Apr 19, 2013 at 17:39
  • Which kinds of people may like a rude person with a fake confidence?! I guess something is wrong in the definition: 1. It is about sadomasochistic relationship between ill minded people 2. Wrong information from a narcissist person! Anyway if it is what cool is I prefer non-cool people! :)( Apr 19, 2013 at 20:03
  • Telling people you are cool is very uncool. I assume he is not being serious and is really saying "I know, I'm a bit of a poker geek" in a self-deprecating way. (Not sure why he feels its necessary to say that.) May 6, 2013 at 0:49

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He means definition 3. from Oxford Advanced American Dictionary. Specifically, see their second example.

3 (informal) used to show that you admire or approve of something or someone because they are fashionable, attractive, and often different

  • You look pretty cool with that new haircut.
  • Dave's a really cool guy.
  • It's a cool movie.

When applied to people (e.g. "pretty cool guy"), I would say it is more likely to mean interesting and different than fashionable and attractive.


The problem is that "cool" is slang and I think he means 2. but without the "lack respect" part.

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