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chill

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noun \ ˈchil \

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

Examples of chill in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of chill from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of chill

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


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chill

adjective

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

chillness

noun

Examples of chill in a Sentence

  1. The chill weather kept us indoors.

  2. were met with a chill gaze when they arrived home late from the party

Recent Examples of chill from the Web

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First Known Use of chill

14th century


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chill

verb

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

chillingly

play \ˈchi-liŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of chill in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of chill from the Web

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First Known Use of chill

14th century

chill Synonyms



CHILL Defined for English Language Learners

chill

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noun

Definition of chill for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of chill for English Language Learners

  • : unpleasantly cold


chill

verb

Definition of chill for English Language Learners

  • : to make (someone or something) cold or cool

  • : to become cold or cool

  • : to cause (someone) to feel afraid


CHILL Defined for Kids

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chill

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noun \ ˈchil \

Definition of chill for Students

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.

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chill

adjective

Definition of chill for Students

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

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chill

verb

Definition of chill for Students

chilled; chilling
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.

Medical Dictionary

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chill

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noun \ ˈchil \

medical Definition of chill

1 :a sensation of cold accompanied by shivering
2 :a disagreeable sensation of coldness

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chill

intransitive verb

medical Definition of chill

1 a :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

Law Dictionary

chill

transitive verb

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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