\ ˈchi-lē How to pronounce chilly (audio) \
chillier; chilliest

Definition of chilly

1 : noticeably cold : chilling a chilly day
2 : unpleasantly affected by cold chilly spectators
3 : lacking warmth of feeling : unfriendly a chilly reception
4 : tending to arouse fear or apprehension chilly suspicions

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Other Words from chilly

chillily \ ˈchi-​lə-​lē How to pronounce chillily (audio) \ adverb
chilliness \ ˈchi-​lē-​nəs How to pronounce chilliness (audio) \ noun

Examples of chilly in a Sentence

It's a little chilly outside. You must be chilly without a coat on. They gave him a chilly reception.
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Even summer sees chilly days, often accompanied by overcast or rainy skies that call for cozy days spent inside. Danielle Walsh, Bon Appétit, "43 Rainy Day Recipes for Summer," 14 June 2019 But on a chilly day in March, the only sound her banjo made was the repetitive raspy scrape of sandpaper on wood. Scuff, scuff, scuff . . Ralph Berrier Jr., Washington Post, "89-year-old Rhoda Kemp builds her first banjo," 10 June 2019 On a chilly spring day, Kumse gave me a tour of what could be easily described as the St. Mary's oasis. Phillip Morris,, "Priest nearly killed in ambush robbery still bullish on Collinwood: Phillip Morris," 8 Apr. 2018 But Mary Louise proves skillful in pushing everyone’s buttons, deftly shifting from warm expressions of concern to chilly blasts of skepticism. Mark Dawidziak,, "Meryl Streep is powerful addition to ‘Big Little Lies’," 7 June 2019 Fiery hot red cooled down with a deep blue (the deep blue in this case being a chilly popsicle or dip in the lake). Michelle Li, Teen Vogue, "8 Eyeshadow Colors Everyone Will Be Wearing This Summer," 6 June 2019 On a chilly night last October, volunteers outside a convention center on the outskirts of Paris were busy prepping for the opening night of Paris Games Week, an annual videogame consumer show that draws about 350,000 attendees. Laura Parker, WSJ, "The Next Generation of Competitive Gamers Is…Over 60?," 14 May 2019 So even when the weather is cold, climate change probably plays a leading role—and this chilly problem isn't going away. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "What Is a Polar Vortex? The Frigid Weather Pattern Explained," 16 Jan. 2019 Especially in the early mornings, when there's a hefty layer of chilly fog covering the bay. Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "The 'Big Little Lies' Guide to Monterey, California," 10 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of chilly

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of chilly

: noticeably cold
: feeling cold
: noticeably unfriendly


\ ˈchi-lē How to pronounce chilly (audio) \
chillier; chilliest

Kids Definition of chilly

: noticeably cold a chilly morning

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