What does cool-eyed mean in the following sentence:

The two young men strode freely up the aisle, confident and cool-eyed.

I have no any ideas to make sense of that construction.

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    +1 because at first I thought it's equal to cold eyed ;) Nevertheless, looking at the examples of this adjective, it seems that it's used to tell someone marked with calmness.
    – Maulik V
    Jun 24, 2014 at 7:41

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I searched for the definition across the web but could not find the exact words. The search results give the reference of WordHippo and WordLink but both are blank inside.

So, in my opinion, it's taking the word cool as we know it! Also, the previous adjectives support what we here call cool, cool!

Cool refers to calmness and relaxed state (#2). Having said this, the two men walked confidently and with calmness (in their eyes?).

Worth noting that there's an adjective cold eyed (that I initially thought of) is different. One of the meanings for that is not affected by emotions. So, if the two men where cold eyed, they were probably rude! :)


This could be interpreted two ways, depending on the context:

  1. Not showing any emotion so as to not give away their fear, anger, trepidation, etc.

  2. A treacherous and calculating look on their way to commit some unspeakable act.

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