chillier; chilliest
: noticeably cold : chilling
a chilly day
: unpleasantly affected by cold
chilly spectators
: lacking warmth of feeling : unfriendly
a chilly reception
: tending to arouse fear or apprehension
chilly suspicions
chillily adverb
chilliness 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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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Chilly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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chillier; chilliest
: noticeably cold
: unpleasantly affected by cold
: not friendly
a chilly response
chilliness noun

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