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
sometimes chiller; sometimes chillest

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 Northwest winds may still gust near 30 mph and create our first (albeit slight) wind chill of the season, feeling a couple degrees below the thermometer! Washington Post, 15 Oct. 2021 During their meeting, Malek's Safin kept his disturbed chill even opposing the world's greatest movie spy. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 6 Oct. 2021 The stans are not going to be chill about having to wait an entire year to see Florence Pugh and Harry Styles all over each other in the 1950s psychological thriller. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, 13 Sep. 2021 Still, this trail is a decidedly more chill and approachable hike for all levels. Stacey Lastoe, Travel + Leisure, 29 Aug. 2021 Just a totally chill and normal thing to do when a pest is screwing with your plants. Jean Bentley, refinery29.com, 3 Mar. 2021 The professional lounger in your life can carve out time and mental space to just, well, chill. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, 16 Dec. 2020 The kneading can be a family activity and the rise and chill times will give you a while to rest in between active preparations. Cristina Potters, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 Sep. 2021 Put some bunting up with an October chill in the air and emotions get charged. BostonGlobe.com, 23 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective November brings a bit more chill, with daytime temperatures hovering in the 40s. Erica Lamberg, USA TODAY, 18 Oct. 2021 Octomore is, like all Bruichladdich whisky, non-chill-filtered and no color is added. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 15 Oct. 2021 Meanwhile, on the diamond, things were generally more chill. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 Oct. 2021 No one is more chill about Sandy Brondello and Olaf Lange coaching against each in the WNBA Finals than the spouses themselves. Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, 11 Oct. 2021 Of course, there’s always sandbox mode, which makes the game’s city-building core even more chill; there’s no score to worry about, just aesthetics. Lewis Gordon, Wired, 2 Oct. 2021 The Housewives hit the ice to go fishing — but the winter day doesn’t keep them chill. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 Sep. 2021 As if to ease into autumn’s Delta-variant reality, the ever-chill annual Desert Daze music festival has created a wonderfully sparse roster of rock, jazz, beat and experimental music that stands in stark contrast to the bloat of so many megafests. Los Angeles Times, 27 Aug. 2021 He’s not always so chill, though: His live shows are filled with perpetual movement. New York Times, 17 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Those numbers—which are much larger than the Chinese central government ever admitted to—were tallied before the Covid-19 pandemic began to chill world trade. Maryn Mckenna, Wired, 12 Oct. 2021 Hawley, meanwhile, has sent a letter to the attorney general, expressing concern that the DOJ would chill parents' free speech with its new investigation. Sam Dorman, Fox News, 9 Oct. 2021 Transfer ingredients back and forth between two shaking tins to thoroughly mix and chill. Emily Price, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 If butter/mixture is too soft/warm, place bowl in fridge for 10-15 minutes to chill. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Sep. 2021 Use these flavor picks to update your self-care routine with a homemade scrub or chill a fresh pot and put it to the side to add to your morning smoothie. Keyaira Boone, Essence, 29 Sep. 2021 Zach Wilson of the Jets (0-2) gets next crack at beating the Broncos’ hybrid coverages that combine zone and man concepts disguised by defenders that chill until the instant the ball is snapped. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 26 Sep. 2021 Espresso Martini, designed to both chill you out and wake you up, mixes vodka and espresso. Susan Dunne, courant.com, 24 Sep. 2021 Overstimulated museum-goers can pop in for a quick minute to check it out and chill. Los Angeles Times, 10 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of chill

Noun

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

circa 1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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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Last Updated

22 Oct 2021

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“Chill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chill. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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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 : chilly

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

chill

intransitive verb

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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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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