Definition of chilling
: gravely disturbing or frightening a chilling case of abuse
Examples of chilling in a Sentence
a Southern visitor who was unused to the chilling air of a Northeast winter
Recent Examples of chilling from the Web
Failure to meet with these standards will earn a chilling glare from Sister that will leave the culprit shuddering with memories of long-ago punishments involving rulers, kneeling on rice and making baby Jesus cry.
Before long, a neighborhood mother gave her some chilling news.
Prosecutors, however, said that when he was first confronted about his involvement in the murder plot in 2014, Bibbs showed a chilling lack of remorse.
And the chilling and cinematic closing sequence with the paper shredder implies that Jane is also involved in the assassination of the data scientist Aiden.
Still, pulling out of the Paris agreement could have a chilling effect, said Warren Patterson, a commodity strategist with ING Bank NV in Amsterdam.
More chilling is the correspondence surrounding Hamilton’s feud, and eventual duel with, Aaron Burr.
A sea battle (possibly a Greyjoy showdown?): All this happens as Davos delivers the most chilling line of all, presumably to Jon:
From the ethereal beauty of the nightingale's heartfelt song, to a toy sailor's goofy arrival in court via balloon, to a chilling sequence in which Death tends his garden, this production is a visual treasure.
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Definition of chilling for English Language Learners
: very disturbing or frightening
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Definition of chilling for Students
: very upsetting or frightening But nearly every book mentioned one chilling story … — Ann M. Martin, Baby-sitters' Winter Vacation
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