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

See more videos from inside Kardashian's super-chill baby shower, below: As for the party favors, each person in attendance was given their very own navy blue Yeezy slides. Natasha Reda, Glamour, "Kim Kardashian Threw a CBD-Themed Baby Shower, and It Looks So Chill," 28 Apr. 2019 One humungous chill pill needs to be swallowed by all the folks who went berserk on Luke Bryan's Twitter after American Idol last night. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'American Idol' Fans Ripped Judge Luke Bryan's Tweet to SHREDS After Last Night's Eliminations," 16 Apr. 2019 Warm wood tones and cushy sofas covered in emerald velvet help set that curl-up-and-chill-for-a-while vibe. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "You'll Lose Your Chic Over This Incredible Women's Club," 27 Mar. 2019 The Guesthouse only has seven rooms, and there are only about 450 people in the town to begin with, so it's practically guaranteed to be chill. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "Hotels.com Will Pay For Your Stay At This Remote Greenland Hotel," 27 Nov. 2018 The gorillas that are interacting with the kids might be more chill and sociable generally, and that might be what’s attractive about them. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Gorillas that are great with kids are also luckier in love," 18 Oct. 2018 Back Together was pleading with their older, middle-class audience to be less chill. Aja Romano, Vox, "Gettin’ the Band Back Together is a giant musical comedy dad joke. To hate it is to hate joy.," 28 Aug. 2018 That's a once in a lifetime experience where the shark was not baited and thus was super chill. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "16-foot great white shark comes within 'arm's length' of underwater photographer," 24 Aug. 2018 His kids seem to have a sense of humor about it all, however: National sibling day is pretty chill when your dad has been married 4 times. Allie Jones, The Cut, "Is Selena Gomez Okay?," 10 July 2018

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

Cover and let cool, then refrigerate until chilled. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Pickled Carrots," 20 May 2019 View this post on Instagram Me and my baby brother chilling. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Why Did The Hound Have to Die on 'Game of Thrones'?," 13 May 2019 In another big Minnesota case, jurors and the public listened to a chilling audio recording of homeowner Byron Smith killing two teens who broke into his home, and viewed autopsy photos of the victims. Amy Forliti, The Seattle Times, "Judge restricts access to evidence in police shooting case," 29 Mar. 2019 Prep Time: 20 minutes Total: 25 minutes plus chillingDirections: 12 oz. chocolate chips 3/4 c. smooth peanut (or other nut) butter 5 c. chow mein noodles 10 oz. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make Chocolate Easter Nests," 29 Mar. 2019 Poseidon is meant to be a chilling second-strike terror weapon, making a nuclear attack on Russia too terrible to contemplate. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Releases Test Video of Poseidon Nuclear Attack Drone," 22 Feb. 2019 Following a chilling extra-long finale, season 2 of Westworld has bowed out, taking quite a few fan favorites along with it. refinery29.com, "When Does Westworld Return For Season 3?," 25 June 2018 The gas is liquefied onshore by chilling, and special alloys are needed for the ship’s tanks to keep the temperature at minus 165 degrees Celsius (minus 265 Fahrenheit) so the cargo doesn’t evaporate. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Shipping Companies Banking on Gas Carriers as LNG Demand Grows," 14 Mar. 2019 But the rhetoric that the president is using, enemy of the people, this is a phrase from Stalin, is chilling and unprecedented in modern times. Fox News, "John Bolton on Maduro 'assassination' attempt, Russian election meddling," 5 Aug. 2018

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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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