[ chil-ing ]
/ ˈtʃɪl ɪŋ /


causing or likely to cause a chill: the chilling effect of the high unemployment rate.

Nearby words

  1. chilli,
  2. chilli con carne,
  3. chilli powder,
  4. chilli sauce,
  5. chillicothe,
  6. chilling effect,
  7. chillingly,
  8. chilliwack,
  9. chillon,
  10. chillum

Origin of chilling

Origin of chill

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

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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 chilling


/ (tʃɪl) /



another word for chilly


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 chilling
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Medicine definitions for chilling


[ 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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