[ chil-bleyn ]

nounUsually chilblains. Pathology.
  1. an inflammation of the hands and feet caused by exposure to cold and moisture.

Origin of chilblain

First recorded in 1540–50; chill + blain

Other words from chilblain

  • chilblained, adjective

Words Nearby chilblain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use chilblain in a sentence

  • But Boreas Bluster, coming in just then, saw what was going on, and gave chilblain a whack that sent him spinning out of the room.

  • But I was not so to be finished off, though feeling in my knuckles now as if it were a blueness and a sense of chilblain.

    Lorna Doone | R. D. Blackmore
  • I did look like that in his studio, though the chilblain was itching.

    To Tell You the Truth | Leonard Merrick
  • Jimmy would be sure to tell her that the first signs of a chilblain were approaching.

    Girls New and Old | L. T. Meade
  • The beastly thing's alphabetical, and only gets to "chilblain."

British Dictionary definitions for chilblain


/ (ˈtʃɪlˌbleɪn) /

  1. pathol (usually plural) an inflammation of the fingers, toes, or ears, caused by prolonged exposure to moisture and cold: Technical name: pernio

Origin of chilblain

C16: from chill (n) + blain

Derived forms of chilblain

  • chilblained, adjective

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