\ 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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Other than being just a little chilly, the trip was enjoyable. Ben Stewart, Popular Mechanics, "48 Hours Without Four Wheels: What I Learned Living the Ridesharing Scooter Life," 5 June 2018 His healing magic was on display on a chilly day 50 years ago in then-ethnically diverse Gary, Indiana. Larry Tye,, "An open letter to Joe Kennedy III: Here’s how to run for president," 29 May 2018 Estimated attendance exceeded last year's 300 or so, even on an abnormally chilly day that could have used a more comfortable start to the day. Linda Gandee/special To,, "Sale by the Lake school foundation fund-raiser another success in Avon Lake," 30 Apr. 2018 See who turned up on a chilly day to sample the wares in the photos above. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "Photos: Tequila fans rejoice at Woodlands Margarita Festival," 16 Apr. 2018 The girl, just 8 years old, was grazing her family's ponies on a chilly January day in the forests of the Himalayan foothills when she was kidnapped. Fox News, "8-year-old girl's rape, death in India sparks widespread protests mired in religious politics," 13 Apr. 2018 Good Magic took the lead in the stretch and posted a redeeming 1½-length victory in Saturday’s Grade 2, $1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes in front of 14,269 fans on a chilly day at Keeneland. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Good Magic clinches spot in Kentucky Derby 2018 with win in Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland," 7 Apr. 2018 The second parade in three years to honor Villanova as national champion ended with a rally on a chilly, windy day. Joe Juliano,, "Jay Wright, players bask in glow of Villanova's championship parade," 5 Apr. 2018 So, before going on a walk, Burchill left the pepperoni on a table near an open window during a chilly day in April in 2001, the network reported. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "Hotel guest left out enough pepperoni to fill a suitcase. Seagulls trashed his room. | Miami Herald," 2 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of chilly

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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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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