From Scots cauldrife, from Old Scots "cauldrife", a compound of "cauld" and the (Scots) suffix -rife (compare "auldrife" "warkrife" "spendrife" etc.), from the adjective rife.
coldrife (comparative more coldrife, superlative most coldrife)
- (Scotland) Cold, chilling.
- 1932, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Sunset Song, Polygon 2006 (A Scots Quair), p. 147:
- Long Rob began to glint his grey eyes at her, he'd have to think of getting married himself, he said, fine it must be to sleep with a slim bit the like of herself those coldrife winter nights.