\ ˈchi-lē \
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 \ adverb
chilliness \ ˈchi-​lē-​nəs \ 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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Despite its chilly temperatures, the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah remains a key destination for style. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Stranger Things’ Girl Next Door Was Sundance’s Breakout Style Star," 4 Feb. 2019 Warming to the idea: During early doldrums players and coaches talked about snow and rain delays, postponed games, windy conditions and chilly temperatures, which seemed to put a damper on their bats. Phil Thompson,, "Yoan Moncada asked to learn error of his ways — and he's not the only one," 29 June 2018 Monday will be rainy and the chilly temperatures will continue, with a high near 57. Emily Sweeney,, "Summer, we hardly knew ye," 1 June 2018 Later in the day, thousands gathered in large parks around the country, despite rain, chilly temperatures and winds, to listen to May Day speeches that often criticized the center-right government. Fox News, "Workers, activists mark May Day with defiant rallies," 1 May 2018 The next two weeks will feature unusually chilly temperatures from coast-to-coast, the Climate Prediction Center said. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Spring weather forecast: Warmth will come, but it will take a while," 15 Mar. 2018 PyeongChang's chilly temperatures have been a shock to athletes who remember balmy Sochi, but take a look at a map: PyeongChang is considerably closer to the Equator than the Russian city. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "PyeongChang Is One of the Coldest Winter Olympic Sites," 19 Feb. 2018 Not even overcast skies and chilly temperatures Thursday afternoon could put a lid on Deer Park High School head baseball coach Chris Rupp's enthusiasm for the team's baseball workouts. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "State baseball champs host Clear Creek in Friday scrimmage," 8 Feb. 2018 During one of the final days of their royal tour in the South Pacific, the Duchess borrowed one of her husband's puffer coats when the weather got chilly. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Borrowed Prince Harry's Puffer Jacket and It's Just Too Sweet," 1 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of chilly

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of chilly

: noticeably cold
: feeling cold
: noticeably unfriendly


\ ˈchi-lē \
chillier; chilliest

Kids Definition of chilly

: noticeably cold a chilly morning

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