\ 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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The springs also continued to be popular site for picnics and day trips for Central Floridians who dipped into its chilly waters. Joy Wallace Dickinson,, "Wekiva or Wekiwa, springs spell cool relief in summer," 11 Aug. 2019 Warm, moist air over the chilly Lake Michigan waters cooled and condensed to form a cloud. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Fog consumes lakefront just before Milwaukee fireworks show. But the show goes on!," 3 July 2019 Canady slides her hands beneath their backs as the kids take turns floating in the chilly water. , Cincinnati Enquirer,, "What do city kids do in the summer? Thrive, thanks to the rec center next door," 26 June 2019 Hot springs, bubbling pools, mud pots, fumaroles and lakeshore geysers empty into the lake’s chilly waters. Niloufer Venkatraman, National Geographic, "6 can’t-miss stops in Yellowstone National Park," 13 June 2019 Even with clearing skies and lighter breezes, temperatures don’t get too chilly — perhaps low-to-mid 50s before sunrise. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Heat wave ends today. Cooler, damp weekend ahead.," 4 May 2018 At first uptight and chilly, Stella soon warms to a young resort employee with the unlikely moniker Winston Shakespeare (Taye Diggs). Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter, "'How Stella Got Her Groove Back': THR's 1998 Review," 14 Aug. 2019 After 4 days Lazarus rose from the grave, but physicists here at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) are resurrecting a massive particle detector by lowering it into a tomblike pit and embalming it with a chilly fluid. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Resurrected detector will hunt for some of the strangest particles in the universe," 8 Aug. 2019 But Bland said the reaction globally could be even more chilly if the PLA moved again to crack down in Hong Kong. Ben Westcott, CNN, "A military crackdown in Hong Kong would backfire on China's economy," 5 Aug. 2019

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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 How to pronounce chilly (audio) \
chillier; chilliest

Kids Definition of chilly

: noticeably cold a chilly morning

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