'cold-looking' cottages

stargazer

Senior Member
Slovenia, Slovenian
Hello everyone,

I am wondering about the meaning of "cold-looking" that I came across in Karen Viggers' The Lightkeeper's Wife ("cold-looking cottages"). I had no luck with dictionary searches.
Any ideas? I'd be very grateful.

stargazer
 
  • stargazer

    Senior Member
    Slovenia, Slovenian
    "Here, taller trees grew along the roadside verges, and occasionally there were quaint cold-looking cottages with smoke coiling from their chimneys."

    Hope it helps.

    stargazer
     

    airportzombie

    Senior Member
    English - CaE/AmE
    Other than the literal sense that the cottages looked cold (icicles dangling from the roof, no lights and no signs of life except for the chimney smoke), it could also mean the cottages did not look inviting or welcoming — homey — to people on the outside (high fence, shuttered windows and again no signs of life except for the chimney smoke).
     
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