- mildly cold or producing a sensation of cold; causing shivering; chill: a chilly breeze.
- feeling cold; sensitive to cold: Her hands were chilly.
- without warmth of feeling; cool: a chilly reply.
- producing or likely to produce a feeling of fear; frightening: He told a chilly story of ghosts and murder.
- Also chill·i·ly. in a chill manner: The wind blew chilly.
Origin of chilly
1. See cold.
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Related Wordscrisp, brisk, freezing, breezy, icy, frosty, wintry, cool, unfriendly, cold, frigid, hostile, sharp, arctic, icebox, biting, fresh, glacial, nippy, penetrating
Examples from the Web for chillier
You are conscious of growing chillier and chillier every moment.By-ways in Book-land
William Davenport Adams
If Khartum had been chilly to the enthusiast, Alexandria was chillier.The Summons
"Chillier before morning, all right," I growled back, glad enough to hear a voice speaking to me as if it expected an answer.The Memoirs of an American Citizen
Nevertheless the blain grew chillier and chillier until at last they were compelled to send for a physician.Bill the Minder
W. Heath Robinson
The soft, summer breezes of the first few days had given place to keener, chillier air.Found in the Philippines
- causing or feeling cool or moderately cold
- without warmth; unfriendly
- (of people) sensitive to cold
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Word Origin and History for chillier
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