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

Price: $299 each 6.The white oak floor is heated to combat Alberta’s winter chill. Adrienne Gaffney, WSJ, "A $75,000 Lounge for the Après-Ski Whiskey Lover," 31 Oct. 2018 While switching to a good moisturizer at the first sign of chill proves helpful, the drier climate and indoor heat may have already taken a toll. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The Definitive Guide to Preventing Dry Skin—From a Top Dermatologist," 26 Oct. 2018 What better time than the first day of summer to put thoughts of winter chill and snow in your mind? Matt Rogers, Washington Post, "It’s very early, but signs are growing that next winter could be snowy in Washington," 21 June 2018 And the lavish and loving vistas the director crafted throughout La La Land will likely create a handful of chills when applied to this historic mission. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Trailer: 20th century’s greatest technical achievement goes Hollywood in First Man," 11 June 2018 Chinese businesspeople across Namibia complain of an economic chill, and some are thinking of leaving. The Economist, "A long way from homeChinese workers and traders in Africa," 17 May 2018 The distinct blue and yellow of an Old Style sign, for example, was once a beacon for a certain kind of chill, affordable, neighborhood establishment, and sometimes still is. Lauren Michele Jackson, The Atlantic, "Digital Jukeboxes Make Every Bar’s Vibe the Same," 8 May 2018 April resumes its chilly ways Saturday as gusty north-northeast winds drop temperatures well below normal, reminiscent of the unseasonable chill that gripped the area the first three weeks of the month. Tom Skilling, chicagotribune.com, "April chill returns, but mercury will rise," 28 Apr. 2018 And cast member Aidy Bryant has an appropriate level of chill (that being none) about meeting Cardi. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Cardi B Meets a Superfan in This 'Saturday Night Live' Sketch, And Her Reaction Is Priceless," 8 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

By early December, trade winds might chill the mood again. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "U.S. Farmers Aren’t Checking Trump On Trade," 8 Nov. 2018 The killing of Khashoggi chilled the relationship between the business community and Saudi Arabia, which until recently had been working to improve its ties to Wall Street and Silicon Valley. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Masayoshi Son finally spoke about the murder of a Saudi Arabian dissident.," 5 Nov. 2018 Can music movies chill with this whole 'pop = soulless crap, singer-songwriter rock = real artistry' nonsense? Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Lady Gaga Didn't Need A Star Is Born to Be Taken Seriously," 28 Sep. 2018 For additional benefits, apply, follow with a few passes of a jade roller that’s been chilled in the freezer, and wear to bed for an overnight boost. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "These Dark Circle Treatments Are Better Than Concealer," 25 July 2018 Selena Gomez, who was chilling on a boat when the Jailey engagement news broke, leaves the Big Apple just in time. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "A Complete Timeline of Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin's Relationship," 24 July 2018 The Thai soccer team would have been chilled even before entering the water to escape the cave. Chris Peterman, Ars Technica, "Risky Thailand cave rescue relied on talent, luck—and on sticking to the rules," 22 July 2018 At least 25 cases of bottled water, several of which were chilled in coolers, are available for anyone to take. Philly.com, "ICE protestors outside City Hall battle heat, loss of electricity," 9 July 2018 Most ice-storing cultures also enjoyed chilled, often sweetened beverages. Linda Rodriguez Mcrobbie, BostonGlobe.com, "How ice cream made America," 30 June 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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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)

: 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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