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 pluralIf 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 Conditions at the Mount Washington Observatory, atop the highest peak in the northeast, were downright arctic Saturday afternoon, with the wind chill at minus 22 degrees (minus 30 Celsius) and winds gusting at 87 mph (140 kph). Bloomberg.com, "Polar Vortex Brings Snow and Cold Weather to U.S. East," 11 May 2020 Conditions at the Mount Washington Observatory, atop the highest peak in the northeast, were downright arctic Saturday afternoon, with the wind chill at minus 22 degrees (minus 30 Celsius) and winds gusting at 87 mph (140 kph). David Klepper, ajc, "Polar vortex brings rare May snow, low temperatures to US East," 10 May 2020 Up to 75 million people are expected to start the weekend in below-freezing temperatures, with low wind chills. Michelle Santiago Cortés, refinery29.com, "Expect Real Snow To Fall From The Sky This Weekend," 7 May 2020 The cold air is now moving into the Northeast and the coldest air mass will be right over the Northeast Friday morning with wind chills near zero in Boston and single digits in New York City. Max Golembo, ABC News, "Storm system brings threat for floods and snow to the South," 20 Feb. 2020 Police said he was not dressed appropriately for temperatures that plunged to minus-26 degrees with the wind chill. Fox News, "Ice balls appear on Lake Michigan beach, wash up 'by the thousands'," 16 Feb. 2020 Temperature at kickoff was 5 degrees, with a wind chill of minus-10. Steve Kroner, SFChronicle.com, "History of the 49ers-Packers postseason matchups," 17 Jan. 2020 The first time Assistant Chief Bimbo Gifford had to battle a fire in freezing temperatures with wind chills of minus-50 degrees. Christina Walker, CNN, "From arctic blasts to heat waves, this year's weather broke more than 120,000 records in the US," 23 Dec. 2019 Any presidential hopefuls lobbying for votes ahead of New Hampshire's primary were greeted in Manchester with a wind chill of -8. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Cold, wind chill and deadly snow squall: Millions in the Northeast shiver in Arctic-like weather," 19 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Juno is a 3-year-old female Siberian Husky that shelter officials describe as a sweet, chill dog. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Meet Maxwell and Petunia, lost after their owner went to jail, and more at the Harris County Shelter," 3 Apr. 2020 Even the most chill people may spend extra time lurking around their lover's Instagram, searching for signs of deception within the comments. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Your Survival Guide to November's Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio," 24 Oct. 2019 Playing Death Stranding online is like playing the world’s chillest MMO, where there’s no griefing, no annoying public chat, and no need to actively organize or communicate with other players at all. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Death Stranding is Kojima unleashed, and it’s as weird as you’d expect," 1 Nov. 2019 The visiting team clubhouse at Petco Park in San Diego is the chillest spot in baseball. Peter Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "Red Sox among teams with something to play for in September," 31 Aug. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Plus, Lena has finally seen the light about Lex (about time!) after the most bone-chilling performance from Jon Cryer as Lex's fury finally cracked his calm and calculated facade, driving her to apologize to and team up with Kara. Chancellor Agard, EW.com, "Superhero Insider: Villains win big on The Flash, Batwoman, and Supergirl," 15 May 2020 In the 1980s, a company named Laser Arms sold about $2.1 million in stock, promising investors a revolutionary self-chilling can. Desperation Town, ProPublica, "Why a Struggling Rust Belt City Pinned Its Revival on a Self-Chilling Beverage Can," 11 May 2020 But experts warned that the decision to cancel primaries entirely without offering the option to vote by mail-in or absentee ballot could have an equally damaging outcome: a chilling effect on democracy. Brianna Provenzano, refinery29.com, "How Bernie Sanders Is Protesting The Cancellation Of New York’s Democratic Primary Election," 27 Apr. 2020 Myrcene chills you out, alpha-Pinene gives you energy, limonene improves your mood...the list goes on and on, with about 150 currently known. Hilary Cadigan, Bon Appétit, "Get Exactly What You Want at the Dispensary," 15 Jan. 2020 The final episode of the show's transcendent fifth season featured Kim surprising in the aftermath of that chilling Lalo confrontation — and further fogging her moral compass. Dan Snierson, EW.com, "Better Call Saul finale: Bob Odenkirk and Rhea Seehorn break down Kim's shocking pitch to Jimmy," 21 Apr. 2020 In the black-and-white photo above, Sobekwa finds a young man chilling with a dog. Chiara Goia, National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 17 Apr. 2020 Plus, frittatas can be served hot, at room temperature or even chilled. Lauren Salkeld, NBC News, "7 simple, satisfying egg recipes for breakfast, lunch or dinner," 16 Apr. 2020 Combine ¾ cup whole basil leaves and half-and-half in a bowl; chill 24 hours. Sara And Kory Martin, Country Living, "Blueberry Basil Frozen Yogurt," 15 Apr. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for chill

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The first known use of chill was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

20 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Chill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chill. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for chill

chill

noun
How to pronounce chill (audio)

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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