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[chil-ee] /ˈtʃɪl i/
adjective, chillier, chilliest.
mildly cold or producing a sensation of cold; causing shivering; chill:
a chilly breeze.
feeling cold; sensitive to cold:
Her hands were chilly.
without warmth of feeling; cool:
a chilly reply.
producing or likely to produce a feeling of fear; frightening:
He told a chilly story of ghosts and murder.
Also, chillily. in a chill manner:
The wind blew chilly.
Origin of chilly
First recorded in 1560-70; chill + -y1
Related forms
chilliness, noun
Can be confused
Chile, chili, chilly.
Synonym Study
1. See cold. Unabridged
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  • She touched the cold forehead and muttered, "How chilly you are!"

    Sacrifice Stephen French Whitman
  • The sky was overcast with clouds, and the May air was raw and chilly.

  • Peter had thought that one really couldn't; it was such a chilly game.

    The Lee Shore Rose Macaulay
  • I have chosen a little spot (chilly, but isolated) in the Andes Mountains.

    David and the Phoenix Edward Ormondroyd
  • It was towards the end of October, the mornings and evenings were chilly, the roads were muddy, the inns were wretched.

    The Goose Man Jacob Wassermann
British Dictionary definitions for chilly


adjective -lier, -liest
causing or feeling cool or moderately cold
without warmth; unfriendly
(of people) sensitive to cold
Derived Forms
chilliness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for chilly

1560s, "causing a sensation of cold," from chill (n.) + -y (2). Meaning "feeling coldish" is attested from 1610s; figurative use is recorded by 1841. Related: Chilliness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for chilly



Wonderful; excellent; cool, neat: You're chilly. You're okay, Sarge (1980s+ Teenagers)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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