Idioms

    take a chill pill, Slang. See chill pill(def 2).

Origin of chill

before 900; Middle English chile, Old English ci(e)le, cele coolness; akin to gelid, cool, cold
Related formschill·ing·ly, adverbchill·ness, nouno·ver·chill, adjectiveo·ver·chill, verbpre·chill, verb (used with object)un·chilled, adjectivewell-chilled, adjective

Synonyms for chill

Synonym study

9. See cold.
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British Dictionary definitions for prechill

chill

noun

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)

adjective

another word for chilly

verb

to make or become cold
(tr) to cool or freeze (food, drinks, etc)
(tr)
  1. to depress (enthusiasm, etc)
  2. 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
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 prechill

chill

n.

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.

chill

v.

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]
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prechill in Medicine

chill

[chĭl]

n.

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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