chill

noun
\ ˈchil How to pronounce chill (audio) \

Definition of chill

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a sensation of cold accompanied by shivering (as due to illness) He had caught a chill that night, and was now down with a fever.— Wilkie Collins usually plural If you have a cough, fever and chills and are not breathing as easily as usual, you might have a cold or the flu.— Linda SearingOver the next few days, my body followed up with a series of messages: you have a sore throat; you have a fever; you have the chills.— John Herrman
b : an intense shivery sensation : shiver, shudder especially : one caused by a strong emotion (such as fear) Do you like a good scare? The sort of story, or moment, that sends a chill down your spine and makes the hair on your arms stand up like porcupine quills? — Katherine Scott Crawford often plural a song so beautiful it gives me chills … this is where [Stephen] King shines, creating those aforementioned creepy scenes that gave me the chills. — Katherine Whitt
c : a disagreeable sensation of coldness When you venture outside on a cold day, chances are you feel the biggest chill in your fingers.— Tamekia Reece
2 : a moderate but disagreeable degree of cold a chill in the air
3 : a check to enthusiasm or warmth of feeling And a chill fell over the service as mourners … carried a casket draped in white to the altar.— Katherine Creag and Jennifer Millman

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

Gently press plastic toy insects into each cookie, chill until firm, then bake as directed and let cool completely. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Fossil Cookies," 5 Aug. 2019 The chill from Washington, as the Brits perceive it, has also unnerved others in Europe who rely on Britain as their Trump whisperer. Kimberly Dozier / Aspen, Time, "The 'Special' U.S.-U.K. Relationship is Bruised After Trump Officials Left U.K. Out of Iran Strike Planning," 23 July 2019 Brown recluse spider venom includes a neurotoxic component, that is known to cause chills, fever or, in some rare cases, death. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "Woman rushed to ER with brown recluse spider bites, then finds dozens more infesting her apartment," 6 July 2018 Symptoms of plague in humans include sudden onset of fever, chills, headache, and weakness. Christina Lords, idahostatesman, "SW Idaho cat infected in problem area known for previous plague cases," 26 June 2018 Once fully punctured, pour cake soak over the cake and chill for 4 hours. CBS News, "The Dish: Chef Erling Wu-Bower shares his signature recipes," 27 July 2019 Place a lid on the jar and chill for at least 30 minutes and up to a week. SFChronicle.com, "A world tour of pickles in the Bay Area and how to make them," 26 July 2019 With long, flowing dirty blond hair and a chill disposition, Niemann was perfectly cast in his element. Justin Lafferty, San Diego Union-Tribune, "PLNU’s Niemann changes look, turns into a national surfing champ," 22 July 2019 In its third year the festival has retained the chill vibe of its parent company, consistently drawing a crowd with the type of downtown cool kids persona of the artists featured in Complex. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "The Best Of Beauty From Complexcon 2019," 22 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

After Kate's water broke and she was admitted to the hospital, Miguel was, arguably, the most chill person in the waiting room — well, besides Madison and that incredibly aggravating Rold Gold pretzel lady. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'This Is Us' Fans Are Furious With Miguel After Watching the Latest Episode," 13 Mar. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Once filtered, a $5,000 freezer called a Clinebell chills the water into two 300-pound blocks. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "Nice ice, baby: Fancy ‘clear ice’ taking South Florida cocktails to cooler heights," 26 July 2019 The discomfort of being soaked by hundreds of gallons of water would chill everyone out and soon ruin the evening. Phil Matier, SFChronicle.com, "Soak sideshow crowds with fire hoses — that’s ex-lawmaker Don Perata’s solution," 24 July 2019 The parallels between how the two countries control their minority populations via technology are chilling. David Carroll, Quartz, "China embraces its surveillance state. The US pretends it doesn’t have one," 23 July 2019 Bottles of Vouvray were chilling in an ice bucket frosted with condensation. Vince Passaro, Harper's magazine, "Maigret All Day," 22 July 2019 And while European systems and services can still fall back to other timing and navigation options, like GPS, the prolonged outage serves as a chilling reminder of the modern world's intrinsic reliance on fallible global positioning systems. Wired, "Europe's Weeklong Satellite Outage Is Over—But Still Serves as a Warning," 18 July 2019 The toll was chilling: Twenty young students and six staff members were killed before the attacker fatally shot himself. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "J.T. Lewis, brother of young Sandy Hook hero, running for state Senate in Connecticut," 17 July 2019 Who Is America? is a chilling reminder the conversation is nowhere close to being finished. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "Sacha Baron Cohen Got Pro-Gun Activists and Lawmakers to Support a Fake Program That Would Arm Children," 16 July 2018 And chilling in a refrigerated room are pallets of aluminum water bottles. CBS News, "Celebrity Edge, Celebrity Cruises' brand-new, billion-dollar cruise ship," 28 July 2019

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First Known Use of chill

Noun

1601, 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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More Definitions for chill

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)

somewhat formal : 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 How to pronounce chill (audio) \

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 How to pronounce chill (audio) \

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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