chill

noun
\ˈchil \

Definition of chill 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : 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

chill

adjective

Definition of chill (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : moderately cold

b : cold, raw

2 : affected by cold chill travelers

3 : distant, formal a chill reception

4 : depressing, dispiriting chill penury— Thomas Gray

5 informal : having a laid-back style or easy demeanor She looked just like Joey Potter … Really young and super chill. No one was paying any attention. It was a laid-back situation.— Emma Pearse We're very casual. I love how at City Hall people come in everything from wedding gowns to jeans. It's so mellow and chill, just how we like it.— Erin Burnett

chill

verb
chilled; chilling; chills

Definition of chill (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

1a : to become cold

b : to shiver or quake with or as if with cold

2 : to become taken with a chill

transitive verb

1a : 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

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Other Words from chill

Adjective

chillness noun

Examples of chill in a Sentence

Noun

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

Adjective

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

Verb

Chill the dessert for one hour before serving it. Let the dessert chill for one hour before serving it. Here's a ghost story that will chill you. Her screams chilled me to the bone . a horrible sight that chilled my bones He thinks his parents are way too uptight and says they should just chill. I decided to stay home and chill.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Slow, velvety delivery of those lyrics by the Princely Players sent a chill across the hotel ballroom where the panel was taking place. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Grandeur of Great Protest Music," 1 July 2018 The threats led to evacuations, sent a chill through local Jewish communities and raised fears of rising anti-Semitism. Washington Post, "Israel convicts hacker who threatened US Jewish centers," 28 June 2018 The man leaked a pure, cold draft of privilege that sent a chill right down my spine. Devin Friedman, GQ, "The Hippies Were Right After All," 14 June 2018 Establishing his standard as the new norm would send a chill through markets, which had become accustomed to government approval of mergers with restrictions. New York Times, "AT&T-Time Warner Ruling Has Dealmakers Bracing," 10 June 2018 Cover and chill for at least 10 minutes before serving. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Green Peach Salad with Simple Lime Dressing," 30 May 2018 Trump's honesty is sure to send a chill down the spines of Republican strategists tasked with trying to hold onto the GOP's 23-seat majority come this fall. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "Donald Trump just said something that will terrify congressional Republicans," 23 May 2018 That possibility might send chills through many Americans, who recall the deadly attacks his followers launched against U.S. soldiers during the 2000s. Vivienne Walt, Time, "Firebrand Cleric Moqtada al-Sadr Could Emerge as Kingmaker in Iraq's Lackluster Elections," 14 May 2018 It was based on the 14th-Century’s seven deadly sins, and sent chills down the spines of viewers and critics alike. Josh Linkner, Detroit Free Press, "Are these 7 deadly workplace sins robbing you of your creativity?," 21 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

An extremely cool, chill way to go about winning a medal. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "Cool Teen Red Gerard Overslept Before Winning Olympic Gold," 12 Feb. 2018 Ormsby's and The Painted Duck are also fantastically chill game spots, especially during the weeknights, complete with board games, shuffleboard, darts and more. Avery Newmark, ajc, "7 low-key date ideas for Atlanta's chill couples," 8 June 2018 Looking for a chiller way to celebrate the holiday? Hannah Steinkopf-frank, RedEye Chicago, "How to celebrate a queer St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago," 15 Mar. 2018 The next pour: Anchorage Brewing Co. (148 W. 91st Ave.), which has a totally chill outdoor hangout spot that's a local favorite, or Cynosure (144 E. Potter Drive, Unit E), which focuses on Belgian-style ales. Jenna Schnuer, Anchorage Daily News, "24 hours in Anchorage (give or take an hour or two)," 3 May 2018 Turns out [the Brady-Bündchen household] was a pretty chill scene. Sara Morosi, WSJ, "WSJ. Magazine Contributors: April 2018," 5 Apr. 2018 And Red wasn’t even the chillest Gerard at the Olympics that day. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "Cool Teen Red Gerard Overslept Before Winning Olympic Gold," 12 Feb. 2018 Aside from an angelic face, a decidedly chill demeanor, and a photo-ready pout, Asahd made his mark with his glossy baby ringlets furthered by a fade at each side, another echo of his father's trademark 'do. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "DJ Khaled's Son Asahd Wins Best Hair at the 2018 Grammy Awards," 29 Jan. 2018 The ripest fruit, the hottest grills, the chillest drinks. Bon Appetit, "Cook Like a Pro 2017," 19 Sep. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Wisconsin Personal Services Association, a statewide coalition of home care providers, foresees a chilling effect on recruiting caregivers for jobs that are already difficult and low-paying. Todd Richmond, Fox News, "Concerned about elder abuse, states loan out secret cameras," 3 June 2018 The letter could create a chilling effect for police agencies and their attorneys, Irvine said. Michael Kiefer, azcentral, "Maricopa County attorney seeks to usurp police control of records, video," 20 May 2018 The expulsion of Google critics from a think tank the company funded has created what some writers have described as a chilling effect on speaking out. David Dayen, The New Republic, "Google Has a Facebook Problem," 24 Apr. 2018 Infused with caffeine, this azure-blue gel stick glides over skin seamlessly, chilling it along the way. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "11 Cooling Beauty Products That Beat the Heat," 7 July 2018 Meanwhile, outside the White House, Trump's Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was chilling with first graders. Brenna Williams, CNN, "This week at the White House, kids were the GIF that keeps on GIFing," 1 June 2018 While eating bagel-burgers, the silence is chilling. Mariah Smith, The Cut, "This Episode of Terrace House Ends on a Cliff-hanger," 17 May 2018 The thought of being left outside of that circle was chilling. David Gambacorta, Philly.com, "Jehovah's Witnesses and sex abuse cover-ups: Do you have a story?," 24 Apr. 2018 Justin was chilling with friends when a guy walked in, spotted a woman and went totally ballistic. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "Justin Bieber Reportedly Punches Guy in the Face for Choking a Woman at Coachella," 16 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of chill

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for chill

Noun

Middle English chile chill, frost, from Old English ciele; akin to Old English ceald cold

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chill

noun

English Language Learners Definition of chill

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: 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

chill

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of chill (Entry 2 of 3)

: unpleasantly cold

chill

verb

English Language Learners Definition of chill (Entry 3 of 3)

: to make (someone or something) cold or cool

: to become cold or cool

: to cause (someone) to feel afraid

chill

noun
\ˈchil \

Kids Definition of chill

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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.

chill

adjective

Kids Definition of chill (Entry 2 of 3)

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

chill

verb
chilled; chilling

Kids Definition of chill (Entry 3 of 3)

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.

chill

noun
\ˈchil \

Medical Definition of chill 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a sensation of cold accompanied by shivering

2 : a disagreeable sensation of coldness

Medical Definition of chill (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : to become cold

b : to shiver or quake with or as if with cold

2 : to become affected with a chill

transitive verb

: to make cold or chilly

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Legal Definition of chill 

: to discourage especially through fear of penalty : have a chilling effect on statutes which may chill the exercise of…free expression— M. H. Redish

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