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I'm looking for an adjective that says "It's cold, but not that cold". For example, lukewarm means (in my mind) "It's warm, but not that warm", and I'm looking for its cold counterpart. Every synonym I find for cold describes an increased cold, not a decreased cold.

Is there any word like this?

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  • Less intense than "cold" is "cool."
    – Kris
    Commented Nov 22, 2014 at 15:25

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Cool: (from TFD)

  • moderately cold: a cool day.
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    You beat me while I was typing -- +1.
    – Kris
    Commented Nov 22, 2014 at 15:26
  • Ah, this is is so simple, why did I miss it? Thanks. Commented Nov 22, 2014 at 15:43
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Cool, already suggested is reasonable. From en.wiktionary, it means “Having a slightly low temperature; mildly or pleasantly cold”.

Chilly may connote a little colder than cool. From en.wiktionary, it means “Cold enough to cause shivering; or suddenly feeling cold”.

The adjectives brisk and crisp typically are used when temperatures are cool to chilly. From en.wiktionary, brisk means “Stimulating or invigorating. [eg] This morning was a brisk fall day...” and crisp means “Of weather, air etc.: dry and cold”, but crisp is also used with sense “fresh, invigorating ” [merriam-webster].

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you can use 'nippy'(=Pleasantly cold and invigorating)

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