\ 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 Monday’s pulse storms went up fast, formed top-heavy and intense rain cores, which then quickly collapsed as chilly blasts of strong wind. Washington Post, "How several damaging storms plastered parts of the Washington region Thursday," 26 June 2020 Sixty years ago, on a chilly West Virginia morning, Frank Drake began to scan the stars for signals from faraway civilizations. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "How a Bill Gates-backed startup plans to save farming with A.I.," 26 June 2020 That announcement, which largely targeted family members, drew a surprisingly chilly reception from immigration hardliners, who said the president didn't go far enough. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump orders limits on foreign workers, extends immigration restrictions," 22 June 2020 This place is perfect on chilly evenings inside the main dining room and warm afternoons on their patio. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "LGBT Center director Phyllis ‘Seven’ Harris talks favorite Cleveland dining choices: Five for Friday," 5 June 2020 The best bet for such a chilly birthplace would appear to be within a giant molecular cloud—accumulations of dust and gas tens to hundreds of light-years wide where star formation takes place. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, "A Hydrogen Iceberg from a Failed Star Might Have Passed through Our Solar System," 3 June 2020 When the water temperatures are chilly, the first push of salmon may tend to hold off and mill just outside of the fishing districts and then enter the various systems in a mass. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Warm days at Bristol Bay mean cold water and slow-arriving fish," 13 June 2020 On Saturday in Parliament Square in London, the largest of many demonstrations in Britain, tens of thousands of people braved chilly squalls and the risk of covid-19, which had led government ministers to call for protests to be shunned. The Economist, "Global protests How George Floyd’s death reverberates around the world," 8 June 2020 Much to Trump’s disappointment, however, his request for Russian troops met with a chilly response. Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker, "Putin Rejects Trump’s Request for Ten Thousand Russian Troops to Guard White House," 7 June 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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30 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Chilly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 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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