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1chill

noun \ˈchil\

: a cold feeling : a degree of cold that can be felt and that is usually unpleasant

: a feeling of being cold

: an illness that makes you feel cold

Full Definition of CHILL

1
a :  a sensation of cold accompanied by shivering
b :  a disagreeable sensation of coldness
2
:  a moderate but disagreeable degree of cold
3
:  a check to enthusiasm or warmth of feeling
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Examples of CHILL

  1. There was a chill in the autumn air.
  2. He closed the windows to keep out the chill.
  3. Her symptoms include chills and a fever.
  4. He caught a chill that turned into a bad cold.
  5. The novel's final scene gave him the chills.
  6. Her words sent chills down my spine.

Origin of CHILL

Middle English chile chill, frost, from Old English ciele; akin to Old English ceald cold
First Known Use: before 12th century

2chill

adjective

: unpleasantly cold

Full Definition of CHILL

1
a :  moderately cold
b :  cold, raw
2
:  affected by cold <chill travelers>
3
:  distant, formal <a chill reception>
4
:  depressing, dispiriting <chill penury — Thomas Gray>
chill·ness noun

Examples of CHILL

  1. The chill weather kept us indoors.
  2. <were met with a chill gaze when they arrived home late from the party>

First Known Use of CHILL

14th century

3chill

verb

: to make (someone or something) cold or cool

: to become cold or cool

: to cause (someone) to feel afraid

Full Definition of CHILL

intransitive verb
1
a :  to become cold
b :  to shiver or quake with or as if with cold
2
:  to become taken with a chill
3
a :  chill out
b :  hang 12
transitive verb
1
a :  to make cold or chilly <chilled by a cold wind>
b :  to make cool especially without freezing <chill the wine>
2
:  to affect as if with cold :  dispirit
chill·ing·ly \ˈchi-liŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of CHILL

  1. Chill the dessert for one hour before serving it.
  2. Let the dessert chill for one hour before serving it.
  3. Here's a ghost story that will chill you.
  4. Her screams chilled me to the bone .
  5. a horrible sight that chilled my bones
  6. He thinks his parents are way too uptight and says they should just chill.
  7. I decided to stay home and chill.

First Known Use of CHILL

14th century
CHILLINGLY Defined for Kids

1chill

noun \ˈchil\

Definition of CHILL for Kids

1
:  coldness that is unpleasant but not extreme <There was a chill in the autumn air.>
2
:  a feeling of coldness accompanied by shivering <She has a fever and chills.>
3
:  a feeling of coldness caused by fear <The grisly sight gave me the chills.>

2chill

adjective

Definition of CHILL for Kids

1
:  unpleasantly cold :  raw <Everything was damp and chill and miserable in the wagon … — Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prairie>
2
:  not friendly <a chill greeting>

3chill

verb
chilledchill·ing

Definition of CHILL for Kids

1
:  to make or become cold or chilly <The wind chilled us to the bone.>
2
:  to make cool especially without freezing <Chill the pudding for dessert.>
3
:  to cause to feel cold from fear <This ghost story will chill you.>

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