chilly

adjective
\ 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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And, of course, in addition to being beautiful, these fire bowls prove useful as well—particularly on chillier evenings. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "A DIY Tabletop Fire Pit Is All You Need to Make Your Summer Dreams Come True," 11 Apr. 2019 The Mariners escaped the saguaros of Arizona and the mania of Ichiro’s retirement in Japan to christen their magenta-adorned, renamed T-Mobile Park in chilly Seattle on Monday. Tj Cotterill, The Seattle Times, "Mariners can’t escape Padres’ bats as Mike Leake gets hammered 8-0 in exhibition game," 25 Mar. 2019 Holmes is clearly enjoying her time on set, and that includes making the most of the notoriously chilly temperatures in British Columbia. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Katie Holmes Shares the Most Gorgeous Slow-Motion Video of Herself in a Snow Storm," 16 Feb. 2019 The image shows the icy heart of the perennially chilly Korolev crater, and is one of a few snapshots sent back from Mars’ robot explorers to Earth this holiday season. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "Mars orbiter sends a picture-perfect postcard back to Earth," 21 Dec. 2018 Using an ice cube before putting on your makeup isn't the only way to add a little something chilly to your beauty routine. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "A Makeup Artist Replaced Her Primer with Ice," 1 Oct. 2018 The 100 percent Alpaca wool wrap, which marks the company’s debut into non-winter wear, is the perfect piece to combat chilly summer nights. Marni Elyse Katz, BostonGlobe.com, "Summer nights, wrapped up," 12 July 2018 The restaurant was planning to put serapes on the chair backs for chilly nights. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dining patios proliferate around Milwaukee; a look at some new ones for 2018," 10 July 2018 Upon each chair rested a Pendleton blanket for guests to keep (a thoughtful touch on a chilly winter's day), and floral arrangements in honeyed tones—created by Doan of A.P.—filled the room. Tara Lamont-djite, Harper's BAZAAR, "When Megan Met Henry: A Very British Wedding in Brooklyn," 11 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of chilly

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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chilly

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of chilly

: noticeably cold
: feeling cold
: noticeably unfriendly

chilly

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

Kids Definition of chilly

: noticeably cold a chilly morning

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