chill

noun
\ ˈchil How to pronounce chill (audio) \

Definition of chill

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a sensation of cold accompanied by shivering (as due to illness) He had caught a chill that night, and was now down with a fever.— Wilkie Collins usually pluralIf you have a cough, fever and chills and are not breathing as easily as usual, you might have a cold or the flu.— Linda SearingOver the next few days, my body followed up with a series of messages: you have a sore throat; you have a fever; you have the chills.— John Herrman
b : an intense shivery sensation : shiver, shudder especially : one caused by a strong emotion (such as fear) Do you like a good scare? The sort of story, or moment, that sends a chill down your spine and makes the hair on your arms stand up like porcupine quills? — Katherine Scott Crawford often plural a song so beautiful it gives me chills… this is where [Stephen] King shines, creating those aforementioned creepy scenes that gave me the chills. — Katherine Whitt
c : a disagreeable sensation of coldness When you venture outside on a cold day, chances are you feel the biggest chill in your fingers.— Tamekia Reece
2 : a moderate but disagreeable degree of cold a chill in the air
3 : a check to enthusiasm or warmth of feeling And a chill fell over the service as mourners … carried a casket draped in white to the altar.— Katherine Creag and Jennifer Millman

chill

adjective

Definition of chill (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : moderately cold
b : cold, raw
2 : affected by cold chill travelers
3 : distant, formal a chill reception
4 : depressing, dispiriting chill penury— Thomas Gray
5 informal : having a laid-back style or easy demeanor She looked just like Joey Potter … Really young and super chill. No one was paying any attention. It was a laid-back situation.— Emma Pearse We're very casual. I love how at City Hall people come in everything from wedding gowns to jeans. It's so mellow and chill, just how we like it.— Erin Burnett

chill

verb
chilled; chilling; chills

Definition of chill (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

1a : to become cold
b : to shiver or quake with or as if with cold
2 : to become taken with a chill

transitive verb

1a : to make cold or chilly chilled by a cold wind
b : to make cool especially without freezing chill the wine
2 : to affect as if with cold : dispirit

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Other Words from chill

Adjective

chillness noun

Examples of chill in a Sentence

Noun There was a chill in the autumn air. He closed the windows to keep out the chill. Her symptoms include chills and a fever. He caught a chill that turned into a bad cold. The novel's final scene gave him the chills. Her words sent chills down my spine. Adjective The chill weather kept us indoors. were met with a chill gaze when they arrived home late from the party Verb Chill the dessert for one hour before serving it. Let the dessert chill for one hour before serving it. Here's a ghost story that will chill you. Her screams chilled me to the bone . a horrible sight that chilled my bones He thinks his parents are way too uptight and says they should just chill. I decided to stay home and chill.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Late in the night at Daytona International Speedway last month, a January chill settles over the usually warm Florida coast that hosts the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona endurance race. Eric Adams, Wired, "How a Street-Smart Supercar Got Ready for the Racetrack," 17 Feb. 2020 Meanwhile, in the books, their first date was a lot more chill. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, ""To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You": The Differences Between the Book and the Movie," 14 Feb. 2020 Temps there are in the teens with a downright frigid wind chill. John Gordon, Outdoor Life, "10 Gun Dog Disasters to Avoid," 11 Feb. 2020 Problem: Drafty Windows (or Strong Air Conditioning) Solution: Jade plant (Crassula ovata), philodendron (Philodendron; picutred), and sago palm (Cycas revoluta) are all tough plants that can tolerate a breezy chill here and there. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Good Plants for Bad Spaces: How to Get Your Greenery Thriving in the Most Challenging Conditions," 14 Jan. 2020 There is an unmistakable chill in the air, an intolerance for fellow travelers reminiscent of the Cold War. New York Times, "Mohammed bin Zayed’s Dark Vision of the Middle East’s Future," 9 Jan. 2020 While the rest of the crew is freaking out (Rockwell screams like a child for a good seven seconds), Fred Kwan is completely chill about the intergalactic travel. Byron Burton, The Hollywood Reporter, "DreamWorks "Screwed Up:" Why Cult Classic 'Galaxy Quest' Wasn't a Bigger Hit," 24 Dec. 2019 Winter brings on bone-chilling weather, but that doesn't mean your makeup has to be chill. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Makeup Trends for Winter 2019 You Need to Know About, According to MUAs," 19 Dec. 2019 The wines are great and the music is groovy and the vibes are chill. Carla Lalli Music, Bon Appétit, "Eat Your Feelings—They’re Delicious!," 12 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Even the most chill people may spend extra time lurking around their lover's Instagram, searching for signs of deception within the comments. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Your Survival Guide to November's Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio," 24 Oct. 2019 Playing Death Stranding online is like playing the world’s chillest MMO, where there’s no griefing, no annoying public chat, and no need to actively organize or communicate with other players at all. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Death Stranding is Kojima unleashed, and it’s as weird as you’d expect," 1 Nov. 2019 The visiting team clubhouse at Petco Park in San Diego is the chillest spot in baseball. Peter Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "Red Sox among teams with something to play for in September," 31 Aug. 2019 After Kate's water broke and she was admitted to the hospital, Miguel was, arguably, the most chill person in the waiting room — well, besides Madison and that incredibly aggravating Rold Gold pretzel lady. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'This Is Us' Fans Are Furious With Miguel After Watching the Latest Episode," 13 Mar. 2019 An extremely cool, chill way to go about winning a medal. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "Cool Teen Red Gerard Overslept Before Winning Olympic Gold," 12 Feb. 2018 Ormsby's and The Painted Duck are also fantastically chill game spots, especially during the weeknights, complete with board games, shuffleboard, darts and more. Avery Newmark, ajc, "7 low-key date ideas for Atlanta's chill couples," 8 June 2018 Looking for a chiller way to celebrate the holiday? Hannah Steinkopf-frank, RedEye Chicago, "How to celebrate a queer St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago," 15 Mar. 2018 The next pour: Anchorage Brewing Co. (148 W. 91st Ave.), which has a totally chill outdoor hangout spot that's a local favorite, or Cynosure (144 E. Potter Drive, Unit E), which focuses on Belgian-style ales. Jenna Schnuer, Anchorage Daily News, "24 hours in Anchorage (give or take an hour or two)," 3 May 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But organizers said such a policy unlawfully chilled free speech rights under the U.S. and Washington Constitutions. USA TODAY, "‘Bag Full of Drugs,’ kiwiberries, retiring bulldog: News from around our 50 states," 6 Feb. 2020 The wind chills will be in the single digits Wednesday. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Connecticut forecast: Temperatures in the teens on windy Wednesday, wind chills in single digits," 13 Nov. 2019 The Gatorade barely left a stain on Flores’ exterior after the quick, chilling feel of victory. Safid Deen, sun-sentinel.com, "Brian Flores, Dolphins players relish first victory of season," 3 Nov. 2019 When baking in general, keep in mind that chilled is usually better. Ana Calderone, PEOPLE.com, "How to Master the Most Popular New Baking Trend—and Get a Preview of the Food Network Kitchen App," 29 Oct. 2019 The show begins and ends in frigid Canada, where blustery winds chill the bone. Tom Titus, Daily Pilot, "On Theater: Raunchy fun in South Coast Repertory’s ‘Canadians’," 8 Oct. 2019 Just about everybody's been hot outside that trough that chilled the nation's Heartland. Matthew Cappucci, Anchorage Daily News, "NOAA’s fall outlook: Above-average temperatures everywhere, including Alaska," 21 Sep. 2019 Cool to room temperature in the pot, then chill overnight. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "Allison Arevalo recipe: Pappardelle with Roasted Pork and Mushrooms," 10 Sep. 2019 Heat over high heat until the mixture reaches a boil; cool to room temperature then chill at least 2 hours or overnight. Michalene Busico, Dallas News, "'Mercados' cookbook explores the wonders of Mexico's markets and brings home the recipes," 31 July 2019

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First Known Use of chill

Noun

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for chill

Noun

Middle English chile chill, frost, from Old English ciele; akin to Old English ceald cold

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Time Traveler for chill

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The first known use of chill was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

26 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Chill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chill. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for chill

chill

noun
How to pronounce chill (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of chill

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a cold feeling : a degree of cold that can be felt and that is usually unpleasant
: a feeling of being cold
: an illness that makes you feel cold

chill

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of chill (Entry 2 of 3)

somewhat formal : unpleasantly cold

chill

verb

English Language Learners Definition of chill (Entry 3 of 3)

: to make (someone or something) cold or cool
: to become cold or cool
: to cause (someone) to feel afraid

chill

noun
\ ˈchil How to pronounce chill (audio) \

Kids Definition of chill

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : coldness that is unpleasant but not extreme There was a chill in the autumn air.
2 : a feeling of coldness accompanied by shivering She has a fever and chills.
3 : a feeling of coldness caused by fear The grisly sight gave me the chills.

chill

adjective

Kids Definition of chill (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : unpleasantly cold : raw Everything was damp and chill and miserable in the wagon …— Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prairie
2 : not friendly a chill greeting

chill

verb
chilled; chilling

Kids Definition of chill (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : to make or become cold or chilly The wind chilled us to the bone.
2 : to make cool especially without freezing Chill the pudding for dessert.
3 : to cause to feel cold from fear This ghost story will chill you.

chill

noun
\ ˈchil How to pronounce chill (audio) \

Medical Definition of chill

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a sensation of cold accompanied by shivering
2 : a disagreeable sensation of coldness

Medical Definition of chill (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : to become cold
b : to shiver or quake with or as if with cold
2 : to become affected with a chill

transitive verb

: to make cold or chilly

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Legal Definition of chill

: to discourage especially through fear of penalty : have a chilling effect on statutes which may chill the exercise of…free expression— M. H. Redish

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