[ chil-er ]
/ ˈtʃɪl ər /


a person or thing that chills.
Informal. a frightening or suspenseful story or film; melodrama.
a device for cooling or refrigerating.

Origin of chiller

First recorded in 1790–1800; chill + -er1

Definition for chiller (2 of 2)

Origin of chill

before 900; Middle English chile, Old English ci(e)le, cele coolness; akin to gelid, cool, cold

Related forms

Synonym study

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

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British Dictionary definitions for chiller (1 of 2)


/ (ˈtʃɪlə) /


informal short for spine-chiller
NZ a refrigerated storage area for meat

British Dictionary definitions for chiller (2 of 2)


/ (tʃɪl) /



another word for chilly


See also chill out

Derived Forms

chilling, adjectivechillingly, adverbchillness, noun

Word Origin for chill

Old English ciele; related to calan to cool, Latin gelidus icy
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Medicine definitions for chiller


[ chĭl ]


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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