\ 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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Without any real training in the very chilly conditions, Liivand braved the 30-degree water temperature to compete. Gary Curreri,, "Davie swimmer chills out in an 'extreme' water wonderland," 28 Apr. 2018 In chilly conditions, and with the wind whipping so hard to right field that any ball in the air had even more chance than usual to leave Citizens Bank Park, the righthander racked up 12 swings and misses in 97 pitches. Scott Lauber,, "Jake Arrieta sinks Pirates in 7-0 Phillies rout," 19 Apr. 2018 Or, suddenly drippy discharge on a chilly day could actually just be water condensing as the cold air is warmed in your nasal passages and runs out your nostrils, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Amy Marturana, SELF, "What Your Snot Can Tell You About Your Health," 26 Dec. 2018 While the heat from an evening shower may feel phenomenal on a chilly day, Marchbein advises to limit rinse time to five minutes or less and to use warm—not hot—water, which only adds to surface dehydration. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The Definitive Guide to Preventing Dry Skin—From a Top Dermatologist," 26 Oct. 2018 There is a little over one week left until Christmas, and naturally stress and anxiety are lingering in the chilly air. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This Video of Shalom Harlow Dancing for Donatella Versace Is Everything," 17 Dec. 2018 And the film is thoughtful and immersive in its use of music, taking the mood from chilly but beautiful to swirling, beating ardor with a score that ranges from haunting Polish folk music to smoky Parisian jazz. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The 21 best movies of 2018," 14 Dec. 2018 This chilly air is the result of a plunge of the jet stream hovering over the central U.S., the network reports. Cierra Williams, Country Living, "The Weather Channel Predicts a Brutal Winter for Most of the Country," 16 Nov. 2018 Two Chinook helicopters carrying elite U.S. troops roared through the chilly Afghan air above a mountaintop when disaster struck. Dan Lamothe, Washington Post, "As a Navy SEAL receives the Medal of Honor, frustrations remain about a related case," 23 May 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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to gather or build up little by little

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