- In a cool, unpanicked or collected manner.
1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter IV, in The Younger Set (Project Gutenberg; EBook #14852), New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, published 1 February 2005 (Project Gutenberg version), OCLC 24962326:
- "He was here," observed Drina composedly, "and father was angry with him." ¶ "What?" exclaimed Eileen. "When?" ¶ "This morning, before father went downtown." ¶ Both Selwyn and Lansing cut in coolly, dismissing the matter with a careless word or two; and coffee was served—cambric tea in Drina's case.
2011 October 2, Aled Williams, “Swansea 2-0 Stoke”, in BBC Sport Wales:
- Graham secured victory with five minutes left, coolly lifting the ball over Asmir Begovic.
- (obsolete) coolish; somewhat cool
- Keeping my sheep amongst the coolly shade of the green alders.