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chilly

[chil-ee] /ˈtʃɪl i/
adjective, chillier, chilliest.
1.
mildly cold or producing a sensation of cold; causing shivering; chill:
a chilly breeze.
2.
feeling cold; sensitive to cold:
Her hands were chilly.
3.
without warmth of feeling; cool:
a chilly reply.
4.
producing or likely to produce a feeling of fear; frightening:
He told a chilly story of ghosts and murder.
adverb
5.
Also, chillily. in a chill manner:
The wind blew chilly.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; chill + -y1
Related forms
chilliness, noun
Can be confused
Chile, chili, chilly.
Synonyms
1. See cold.
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British Dictionary definitions for chilliness

chilly

/ˈtʃɪlɪ/
adjective -lier, -liest
1.
causing or feeling cool or moderately cold
2.
without warmth; unfriendly
3.
(of people) sensitive to cold
Derived Forms
chilliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for chilliness

chilly

adj.

1560s, "causing a sensation of cold," from chill (n.) + -y (2). Meaning "feeling coldish" is attested from 1610s; figurative use is recorded by 1841. Related: Chilliness.

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Slang definitions & phrases for chilliness

chilly

adjective

Wonderful; excellent; cool, neat: You're chilly. You're okay, Sarge (1980s+ Teenagers)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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