- coldness, especially a moderate but uncomfortably penetrating coldness: the chill of evening.
- a sensation of cold, usually with shivering: She felt a slight chill from the open window.
- a feeling of sudden fear, anxiety, or alarm.
- sudden coldness of the body, as during the cold stage of an ague: fevers and chills.
- a depressing influence or sensation: His presence cast a chill over everyone.
- lack of warmth of feeling; unfriendliness; coolness.
- Foundry. an inserted object or a surface in a mold capable of absorbing large amounts of heat, used to harden the surface of a casting or to increase its rate of solidification at a specific point.
- bloom1(def 12).
- to become cold: The earth chills when the sun sets.
- to be seized with a chill; shiver with cold or fear.
- Foundry. (of a casting) to become hard on the surface by contact with a chill or chills.
- Slang. to calm down; relax (often followed by out).
- to affect with cold; make chilly: The rain has chilled me to the bone.
- to make cool: Chill the wine before serving.
- to depress; discourage; deter: The news chilled his hopes.
- Foundry. to harden the surface of (a casting) by casting it in a mold having a chill or chills.
- bloom1(def 22).
- Slang. to kill; murder.
- take a chill pill, Slang. See chill pill(def 2).
Origin of chill
SynonymsSee more synonyms for chill on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for chilled
He would shake a chilled Coke, and then spray the soda into a cold glass of milk.History's Craziest Hangover Cures
December 30, 2014
How can a chilled, acidic, and bubbly liquid make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside?Champagne: You’re Drinking It All Wrong
December 20, 2014
After I shot my first fight scene I chilled out a little bit.Nick Jonas Is All Grown Up, Clutching His Penis and Everything
October 8, 2014
During a balmy summer, few things provide immediate enjoyment like a chilled glass of rosé.Summer in a Glass: Everything’s Coming Up Rosés
June 7, 2014
After shaking, he pours the opaque, green liquid through a strainer and into a chilled champagne coupe.The Absinthe-Minded Porteños of Buenos Aires
March 10, 2014
He was not halfway around the house before he heard a voice that chilled him with horror.Way of the Lawless
Through the cold and darkness came a shriek that chilled her with horror.Weighed and Wanting
She did not show herself, but returned home at once, chilled to the heart.The Dream
True, there had been moments when her warm, loving nature had been chilled.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
At length we reached the firm ground, covered with mud and chilled with cold.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
- (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)
- to depress (enthusiasm, etc)
- 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
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]
- A feeling of cold, with shivering and pallor, sometimes accompanied by an elevation of temperature in the interior of the body.