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[chil-ee] /ˈtʃɪl i/
adjective, chillier, chilliest.
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, chillily. in a chill manner:
The wind blew chilly.
Origin of chilly
1560-70; chill + -y1
Related forms
chilliness, noun
Can be confused
Chile, chili, chilly.
1. See cold. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for chilly
  • Delphiniums prefer cool, moist summers and chilly but not excessively cold winters.
  • Weather-chilly and blustery, but spectacularly clear.
  • Masterly as this narrative is, it is chilly and almost cruel.
  • chilly in his dressing-gown he tried to read the evening paper.
  • Dining alfresco on the coast usually calls for jackets to stave off the chilly air, especially on shaded patios.
  • Few things are better than a steaming bowl of soup on a chilly evening.
  • The air is chilly and clean and smells faintly of cedar.
  • These comforts were all the more welcome because of the chilly day outside.
  • One tip: camera lenses tend to fog up when you go from chilly outside air to the warm, humid conservatory air.
  • chilly days of rain alternate with short, warm, sunny days.
British Dictionary definitions for chilly


adjective -lier, -liest
causing or feeling cool or moderately cold
without warmth; unfriendly
(of people) sensitive to cold
Derived Forms
chilliness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for chilly

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for chilly



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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