\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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But even if the weather was chilly, the action was hot. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "At CIC track championships, the action was hot even if the weather wasn’t," 20 May 2018 But feel free to break one out in lieu of downpours, too: there’s no better top layer on a sunny-but-still-kinda-chilly day. Yang-yi Goh, GQ, "The Best Windbreakers Will Help You Survive Spring Weather in Style," 18 Apr. 2018 One sure sign the celebrity tournament in Stateline, Nev., is really not serious: The most enduring image of last year’s edition was Dell Curry leaping into chilly Lake Tahoe, with his famous son (and Justin Timberlake) hooting and hollering nearby. Ron Kroichick,, "Stephen Curry, Mark Mulder and celebrity wagers highlight celebrity tournament," 12 July 2018 Meanwhile, over at the Wary Meyers HQ in Maine, the water temperature is finally transitioning from adventurously chilly to just right. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "This Summer Bar Soap Looks Like a Steve McQueen Pool Party," 29 June 2018 Garrett says— open-hearted himself, this chilly response disturbed him. Paul Theroux, Smithsonian, "The Epic Quest to Ride the World’s Biggest Wave," 27 June 2018 Of all the students, her chilly stare was the most terrifying. Devlyn Camp, Chicago Reader, "History / LGBTQ+ / News What I learned about gay pride from the Mattachine Society," 22 June 2018 Low humidity and cool to chilly nights make the climate more tolerable, however. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "With drought always a threat, we all need to learn our water lessons," 16 June 2018 The Carolina Panthers began their last phase of their offseason workouts on a weirdly chilly Tuesday morning at Bank of America Stadium. Jourdan Rodrigue, charlotteobserver, "Carolina Panthers minicamp highlights, including early candidate for play of the week," 12 June 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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