Definition of chilly in English:

chilly

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Pronunciation: /ˈtʃɪli
 
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adjective (chillier, chilliest)

1Uncomfortably or unpleasantly cold: a chilly February evening
More example sentences
  • Sultry summer evenings gave way to chilly autumn and cold winter nights.
  • I have an immersion heater so we'll have hot water, but the radiators are stone cold and it's chilly this evening.
  • A big, blazing fire in a massive, heat retaining rock fireplace will be just the thing for chilly evenings - or cold winter days.
Synonyms
cold, cool, crisp, fresh, brisk, bleak, wintry, snowy, frosty, icy, ice-cold, icy-cold, glacial, polar, arctic, raw, sharp, bitter, bitterly cold, biting, piercing, penetrating, freezing, frigid
informal nippy
British informal parky
literary chill
rare gelid, brumal
1.1(Of a person) feeling cold: I felt a bit chilly
More example sentences
  • Mysti did her powerful leap from the ground and immediately I was chilly from the cool night air as the rushing wind passed me.
  • When you hear a little crake noise, then you shall know that I am chilly and you shall make more fire.
  • I was chilly so I slid into the sweater I had been using as a blanket.
Synonyms
cold, frozen, frozen stiff, frozen to the marrow/core/bone, freezing, freezing cold, bitterly cold, shivery, numb, numbed, chilled
1.2Unfriendly: he got a chilly reception from Republican activists
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  • You should see him wrinkle his nose in disgust if it's all chilly and unfriendly.
  • Earlier today, Bill, Powell had rather a chilly reception from the Moroccan king.
  • Also, they give the president's State of the Union speech a rather chilly reception.
Synonyms
unfriendly, unsympathetic, unwelcoming, forbidding, cold, cool, frosty, glacial, frigid; haughty, supercilious, disdainful, aloof, distant, remote; reserved, withdrawn, uncommunicative, unresponsive, unemotional, dispassionate, passionless, wooden, impersonal, formal, stiff, austere
informal stand-offish, offish
rare gelid

Derivatives

chilliness

noun
More example sentences
  • Since the Vietnam War, there has been a chilliness between the military and the press, but there was none with the Third Battalion.
  • There's certainly some new wave chilliness warmed with the breath of Detroit soul, mixed with a bit of prog worship and '70s glam.
  • Like many bird walkers, our leader was an older woman who dressed for the morning chilliness in a green army jacket and pink knit bonnet.

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