take a chill pill, Slang. See chill pill(def 2).

Origin of chill

before 900; Middle English chile, Old English ci(e)le, cele coolness; akin to gelid, cool, cold
Related formschill·ing·ly, adverbchill·ness, nouno·ver·chill, adjectiveo·ver·chill, verbpre·chill, verb (used with object)un·chilled, adjectivewell-chilled, adjective

Synonyms for chill

Synonym study

9. See cold. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chilled

Contemporary Examples of chilled

Historical Examples of chilled

  • He was not halfway around the house before he heard a voice that chilled him with horror.

  • Through the cold and darkness came a shriek that chilled her with horror.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • She did not show herself, but returned home at once, chilled to the heart.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • True, there had been moments when her warm, loving nature had been chilled.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • At length we reached the firm ground, covered with mud and chilled with cold.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

British Dictionary definitions for chilled



(of a person) feeling cold
(of food or drink) kept cool
Also: chilled-out informal relaxed or easy-going in character or behaviour



a moderate coldness
a sensation of coldness resulting from a cold or damp environment, or from a sudden emotional reaction
a feverish cold
a check on enthusiasm or joy
a metal plate placed in a sand mould to accelerate cooling and control local grain growth
another name for bloom 1 (def. 9)


another word for chilly


to make or become cold
(tr) to cool or freeze (food, drinks, etc)
  1. to depress (enthusiasm, etc)
  2. to discourage
(tr) to cool (a casting or metal object) rapidly in order to prevent the formation of large grains in the metal
(intr) slang, mainly US to relax; calm oneself
See also chill out
Derived Formschilling, adjectivechillingly, adverbchillness, noun

Word Origin for chill

Old English ciele; related to calan to cool, Latin gelidus icy
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Word Origin and History for chilled



Old English ciele, cele "cold, coolness, chill, frost," from Proto-Germanic *kal- "to be cold," from PIE root *gel- "cold" (see cold). According to OED, the word seems to have been obsolete after c.1400 (displaced by cold) and the modern use is a back-formation since c.1600 from the verb.



late 14c., intransitive, "to feel cold, grow cold;" c.1400, transitive, "to make cold," from chill (n.). Related: Chilled; chilling; chillingly. Figurative use from late 14c. Meaning "hang out" first recorded 1985; from earlier chill out "relax" (1979).

Sheila E. sizzles in the new flick, Krush Groove, but some New York critics couldn't groove with it because many of the terms are unfamiliar to them. Examples: breakin' out (slang for leaving), chill (for cool down) and death (for something that's really good). ["Jet," Nov. 11, 1985]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

chilled in Medicine




A feeling of cold, with shivering and pallor, sometimes accompanied by an elevation of temperature in the interior of the body.
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