'cold-looking' cottages

Discussion in 'English Only' started by stargazer, Dec 22, 2011.

  1. stargazer

    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
     
  2. Cagey post mod (English Only / Latin)

    California
    English - US
    Hello stargazer,

    Please give us the complete sentence.

    (Thanks for including the source. :thumbsup: )
     
  3. 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
     
  4. airportzombie

    airportzombie Senior Member

    Toronto
    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).
     
  5. stargazer

    stargazer Senior Member

    Slovenia, Slovenian
    Dear airportzombie,

    thank you very much!

    Take care,
    stargazer :)
     

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