\ 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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Recent Examples on the Web The chilly radiance of this vision lights the way to Kafka. Dustin Illingworth, The New Yorker, "“Michael Kohlhaas,” the Book That Made the Novel Modern," 20 May 2020 The chilly welcome underscores the challenge facing Mayer to boost TikTok's image in Washington. Washington Post, "The Technology 202: TikTok's new chief executive's success may hinge on allaying Washington's concerns," 18 May 2020 No, the season ended with Ordonez crossing home plate on a chilly October night. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "Relive the Detroit Tigers' most 'Magg-ical' game of the century: 2006 ALCS Game 4," 17 May 2020 Burr has had a chilly relationship with the White House as his panel investigates Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. David Leonhardt, New York Times, "Coronavirus, Jobs, Richard Burr: Your Friday Briefing," 15 May 2020 Put a tomato transplant in chilly, waterlogged Kentucky soil on April 15 and see what happens. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "We all jumped the gun and planted our summer gardens too early. So here's what to do," 15 May 2020 Warm weather, hordes of walleye anglers expected A somewhat chilly spring has made the walleye fishing on Lake Erie a bit of a roller coaster ride, especially for small-boat anglers. cleveland, "Ohio tackle shops now open as walleye, bass fishing heats up: Fishing Report," 14 May 2020 The initial stages of the Covid-19 outbreak in China appeared to warm the often chilly ties between the two countries. Isabel Reynolds,, "Japan to Fund Firms to Shift Production Out of China," 10 May 2020 That set the stage in chilly Chicago, where the ages-old rivals would get a chance to play a meaningful chapter in their storied head-to-head history. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "50 in 50: B.J. Raji takes it to the house and the Packers beat the Bears in the NFC title game," 9 May 2020

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First Known Use of chilly

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of chilly was in 1570

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27 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Chilly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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