- 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 chillingly
And if the trailer is any indication, Meryl Streep plays a chillingly accurate Chief Elder.A Trailblazer in YA Dystopian Fiction: An Interview With 'The Giver' Author Lois Lowry
August 12, 2014
The white supremacist gang has a chillingly efficient structure.How the Aryan Brotherhood Kills: From the Gang Signs to the Sanctioned Hits
April 2, 2013
Or once in a while the rodent will spread infection by biting causing a disease called, chillingly enough, rat bite fever.Yosemite Hanta Virus: Nature Strikes Back
September 3, 2012
Chillingly, Anthony also wrote to inmate Robyn Adams about wanting more children either by pregnancy or adoption.Casey’s Angry New World
July 16, 2011
Bin Laden suggested striking smaller cities, trains as well as planes, and, most chillingly, emphasized high body counts.The Post-Osama World: Latest Updates, Day 11
The Daily Beast
May 11, 2011
“It would be better for you to wait a little longer,” the girl said chillingly.The Cattle-Baron's Daughter
Imagine this man, and then do not be astonished when I tell you he is a Chillingly.
He had not been quite so ingenuous in his revelation to Chillingly as he may have seemed.
The Chillingly race culminates in him, and becomes Chillinglyest.
Do you know much of this part of the country, Mr. Chillingly?
- 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 chillingly
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.