\ 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 chilly (audio) \ adverb
chilliness \ ˈchi-​lē-​nəs How to pronounce chilly (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 Friday is off to a chilly start, with 40s in the mountains and 50s in metro Atlanta to begin the day. Chelsea Prince, ajc, 24 Sep. 2021 Draft order rather than the postseason is on the line in the two-game series, which began with a 9-5 Cubs loss that required 13 pitchers and 353 pitches in a 4-hour, 5-minute game on a chilly, windy night. Meghan Montemurro,, 22 Sep. 2021 The 2010 vintage was a fantastic one, despite having a chilly start and some wetter weeks. Janice O'leary, Robb Report, 3 May 2021 The relationship between Biden and Erdogan is off to a chilly start. Matthew Lee And Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY, 22 Apr. 2021 Sunny and warming weather continues Thursday with highs reaching near 76 after a chilly start. oregonlive, 14 Apr. 2021 After a chilly start, Saturday ended up with lots of sunshine and seasonable temperatures. Washington Post, 3 Apr. 2021 After a chilly start, Thursday will be pleasant with plenty of sunshine and highs in the mid 60s. Dallas News, 1 Apr. 2021 After a chilly start to March, temperatures will finally be warming in the coming days., 8 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of chilly

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Oct 2021

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“Chilly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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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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