chilly

adjective
\ 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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Upon each chair rested a Pendleton blanket for guests to keep (a thoughtful touch on a chilly winter's day), and floral arrangements in honeyed tones—created by Doan of A.P.—filled the room. Tara Lamont-djite, Harper's BAZAAR, "When Megan Met Henry: A Very British Wedding in Brooklyn," 11 Mar. 2019 But the only sounds to be heard on this chilly, still night were sniffles. Stefanie Loh, The Seattle Times, "The WSU community comes out in full force to honor Tyler Hilinski in a candlelight vigil," 19 Jan. 2018 Within its nondescript walls, safe from the unseasonably chilly February day swirling outside, all eyes are on Hondo Ohnaka, a scheming pirate from Star Wars: Rebels. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "The A1000 Is Disney's Advanced Animatronic Bringing the Galaxy's Edge Star Wars Theme Park To Life," 28 Feb. 2019 Protect your plants from the occasional chilly day by keeping a few frost blankets on hand, Lowe's experts suggested. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "The Ultimate Guide to Prepping Your Home for Spring," 25 Feb. 2019 Everyone who visits the chilly hotel is given a sleeping bag that’s designed to keep people warm in conditions below zero. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "The Icehotel is back and as fantastical as ever," 20 Dec. 2018 The first was in 1896, just three years prior to Coleman bringing ignominy upon the chilly town. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Thanksgiving is now the most popular race day in America.," 20 Nov. 2018 Those feathers are uniquely adapted for swimming in chilly water. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "20 Things You Didn't Know About ... Penguins," 6 Nov. 2018 Rutherford’s has the best guides and gives out hot water bottles during chilly months. Jo Rodgers, Condé Nast Traveler, "Cambridge Is Worth More than Just a Day Trip from London," 17 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of chilly

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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chilly

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of chilly

: noticeably cold
: feeling cold
: noticeably unfriendly

chilly

adjective
\ ˈchi-lē How to pronounce chilly (audio) \
chillier; chilliest

Kids Definition of chilly

: noticeably cold a chilly morning

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