Is it natural to say people living in the tropical countries are typically "afraid of the cold," meaning they are not used to cold weather and find it uncomfortable?

I'd appreciate your help.

  • I wouldn't use "afraid". Being uncomfortable does not mean one is afraid of whatever it is that is making them uncomfortable. Can you provide us with a full example sentence.
    – AIQ
    Dec 17 '19 at 8:25
  • Some people tend to wear ridiculously heavy clothes in winter. Would you say they are "afraid of the cold"? If not, how would you describe them?
    – Apollyon
    Dec 17 '19 at 8:27
  • I wouldn't use "afraid". If some people wear ridiculously heavy clothes in winter, then chances are they did not grow up there. In this case, I would use the term "acclimatize" or simply "they are just not used to this cold weather yet".
    – AIQ
    Dec 17 '19 at 8:35
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    Being afraid of the cold has a proper medical name, it’s called Frigophobia. thecontentwolf.com/life/…
    – Alex_ander
    Dec 17 '19 at 9:44
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    You could say they are sensitive to the cold. Dec 17 '19 at 13:02

I would use the word unacclimatised (British English spelling) or unacclimated to describe someone who has not yet adapted to living in a different climate.

"Afraid" does not seem appropriate - fears can be irrational and without basis, so this might suggest that a person "afraid" of the cold has never actually experienced it.

  • What about "fear the cold"?
    – Apollyon
    May 25 '20 at 10:14

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