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

Alto’s Odyssey is a chill game about a guy snowboarding down the side of a dusty mountain. Matthew Gault, Time, "The Best Video Games of 2019 (So Far)," 26 June 2019 Kinton said Snowball is typically a chill dog that doesn’t bark much, except when the doorbell rings. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland.com, "Cleveland celebrity dog Snowball achieves stardom as an actor," 24 June 2019 The posh chill-girl vibe her feed radiates is tempting to duplicate. Jazmin Brooks, Essence, "Hey Curvy Girl! Follow These Fashionistas We Can't Get Enough Of," 23 June 2019 After another hour-long chill, the dough will be sliced into pinwheels, three-quarters of an inch as well as one-inch thick in order to compare the two and determine which thickness is best, and then they'll be chilled once more overnight. Dallas News, "'Best thing I've ever eaten': Hard-to-pronounce French pastry is heavy, buttery and crisp with sugar," 20 June 2019 On summer nights, a good hoodie allows just enough chill to drift up your forearms. Aram Mrjoian, Longreads, "Bearing the Weight of My Grandfathers’ Old Clothes," 15 June 2019 For several weeks now, Hilda has been a chill-out watch for me, after watching something more intense. Emily Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Netflix’s Hilda is a gorgeous, melancholy kids’ show about emotional maturity," 14 June 2019 If that's really not your style, there are still yummy drinks to be had in a more chill environment. The Editors, Marie Claire, "Weekending in Miami? Here's Where to Stay, Eat, and Drink," 6 June 2019 For best taste, chill mixture for at least 6 hours or overnight. Ann Maloney, nola.com, "Dig into the red, ripe Creole Tomato Fest this weekend," 5 June 2019

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

The prospect of immigration raids has further chilled the agriculture labor force in Monterey County. Julia Wick, latimes.com, "Essential California: The NBA's free agent free-for-all," 1 July 2019 Go early and chill with a nitro cold brew in Joshua Tree Coffee Company’s courtyard. Jessi Walker, Marie Claire, "Take the Ultimate Southern California Road Trip," 27 June 2019 When properly packed with ice, this cooler will chill for up to 48 hours. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Soft Coolers for Any Outing," 25 June 2019 But everyday situations like this are quietly chilling because the neighbors are Klansmen and the man is being fitted for a hood. Oline Cogdill, sun-sentinel.com, "Book review: Klan in the family in Lori Roy’s ‘Gone Too Long’," 20 June 2019 Here’s a fan’s initial image, in the wake of that monumentally depressing final evening at Oracle Arena: Everyone just chills. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "DeMarcus Cousins looks like a fit with Warriors, but it’s complicated," 18 June 2019 The menu rarely varied and included: A big bowl of chilled, shucked oysters at the base of a stairwell, yellow cake with white icing and silver bowls full of guacamole, McAllister’s own secret recipe. Carmina Danini And Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, San Antonio Express-News, "McAllister remembered for her generosity, vitality," 2 July 2018 Investors in recent years have chilled on the ad-tech sector as a number of firms struggled to compete with giants like Google and much of the technology used for ad targeting became commoditized. Alexandra Bruell, WSJ, "Raine Group Leads $70 Million Investment in Ad-Tech Firm VideoAmp," 1 May 2019 Enjoy these semi-sweet, semi-sparkling Italian imports chilled. Country Living, "Sip Into Spring with Two New Flavors," 9 Apr. 2019

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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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