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.

1560–70; chill + -y1

chilliness, noun

Chile, chili, chilly.

1. See cold. Unabridged
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chilly (ˈtʃɪlɪ)
adj , -lier, -liest
1.  causing or feeling cool or moderately cold
2.  without warmth; unfriendly
3.  (of people) sensitive to cold

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Word Origin & History

1570, "causing a sensation of cold," from chill (q.v.). Meaning "feeling rather cold" is attested from 1611; fig. use is recorded by 1841.
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Slang Dictionary

chill definition

  1. n.
    and chilly. a cold can of beer. : Hey, toss me a chill, would ya, buddy? , How 'bout a chilly, Billy?
  2. tv.
    to kill someone. (Underworld.) : I'll chill you with one blast from my cannon, you creep!
  3. tv.
    to frighten someone. (Standard English.) : The prospect of having to go in there alone chilled Willy, but he went in anyway.
  4. tv.
    to reject someone. : She chilled me once too often. I won't take that from a dame.

  5. Go to chill (out). :
  6. tv. & in.
    to relax; to cause someone to relax; to hang out [with someone]. (See also chill (out).) : They are chilling now. For a while they were real rowdy.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Example sentences
Delphiniums prefer cool, moist summers and chilly but not excessively cold
Masterly as this narrative is, it is chilly and almost cruel.
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.
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