\ 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 Prepare yourself and your little for chilly weather in this holiday sleeper that is perfect for travel and for hugs at home. Erika Hardison, USA TODAY, "20 of the most adorable holiday outfits for kids," 20 Oct. 2020 But some Minnesotans are opting to vote in-person despite chilly weather and long lines, and health concerns due to the coronavirus spike. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, "With early voting underway, Minnesota COVID-19 cases reach record high," 17 Oct. 2020 Cycling has experienced a big uptick during the coronavirus pandemic because some other forms of exercise pose a greater risk of infection, but soon chilly weather will cause all but the most hardy to put away their bicycles for the winter. Peter Krouse, cleveland, "Tips for storing your bicycle this winter," 17 Oct. 2020 Accompanied by the pledges, Smoot went to Harvard Bridge on a chilly October night around 10 p.m. after finishing his homework. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Someone San Diego Should Know: Oliver Smoot," 9 Oct. 2020 As for his guests, good sweaters will help guard against the chilly evening air. Christina Tkacik,, "Social distancing and lost revenues: Baltimore’s high-end restaurants do one pivot after another to avoid disaster," 25 Sep. 2020 The temperature in the Greater Hartford area got off to an unusually chilly start for the last morning of summer., "Tuesday saw a chilly start," 22 Sep. 2020 After a chilly start (in the 40s), temps will warm quickly into the 60s by midday. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "The Benefits Of Living So Close to Canada," 20 Sep. 2020 Medium Coming off a chilly start, Tuesday may be more proper nice day material for this early in fall. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Pleasantly cool into early next week," 19 Sep. 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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28 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Chilly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce chilly (audio)

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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