\ 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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Recent Examples on the Web Bacon and eggs or pancakes on a chilly fall morning. Joe Ray, Wired, "The Joy of ‘Analog’ Cooking on a Green Coleman Camp Stove," 30 Aug. 2020 Only about a dozen boats were visible in San Francisco on the overcast and chilly Sunday morning. Rusty Simmons,, "Trump supporters march and float at Golden Gate, call on Democrats to leave party," 30 Aug. 2020 In the chilly survival horror flick, a married couple (Genesis Rodriguez and Vincent Piazza) traveling in Norway wake up in their vehicle and find they're trapped in ice after a blizzard. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "What to stream this weekend: 'Bill & Ted Face the Music,' Netflix's 'All Together Now'," 28 Aug. 2020 Alone at a lectern on a chilly, cavernous stage designed to look like a traditional political convention, the nominee had to turn up the personal warmth dial to supermax to counter the impression of artificiality. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "This convention isn’t just efficient. It’s award-worthy television.," 20 Aug. 2020 Now that the seasons are beginning to change, there’s no better time to make your home more comfortable for the chilly nights ahead spent indoors. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "28 incredible things to buy from Kohl's huge Home Refresh Sale," 25 Aug. 2020 Bitter winters and chilly, buoyant freshwater from Eurasian rivers cool its surface layers, which helps preserve the underside of the ice. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "Growing underwater heat blob speeds demise of Arctic sea ice," 25 Aug. 2020 Outside, a chilly Chesapeake Bay wind blew out of the south. Herb Mccormick, Popular Science, "Five stories of sailors who weathered COVID-19 out at sea," 17 Aug. 2020 Blankets, which are washed daily, are available to diners when the weather is chilly. Justin Phillips,, "San Francisco’s power lunch scene is dead, but local restaurateurs don’t seem to mind," 14 Aug. 2020

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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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10 Sep 2020

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“Chilly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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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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