- a person or thing that chills.
- Informal. a frightening or suspenseful story or film; melodrama.
- a device for cooling or refrigerating.
Origin of chiller
- 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
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Related Words for chillerfreezing, chilly, icy, frigid, biting, wintry, frosty, discouraging, sharp, brisk, arctic, cool, solitary, reserved, hostile, depressing, dispiriting, withdrawn, formal, bleak
Examples from the Web for chiller
Historical Examples of chiller
They were chill, I cast no doubt: and all the chiller for the hand that chilled them.In Convent Walls
Emily Sarah Holt
“There be chiller gear than snow, maid,” replied the mother bitterly.The White Rose of Langley
Emily Sarah Holt
He have took my little Zip along of his own chiller, and a' maneth to make a lady on her.Perlycross
R. D. Blackmore
Already the chiller mountain breezes following the heat spell were making visitors close their windows.Anthony Trent, Master Criminal
As she entered the darker tree-shadows beyond, she stopped suddenly, a chiller fear shaking her.Mountain
- informal short for spine-chiller
- NZ a refrigerated storage area for meat
- 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 for chill
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.