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chilly

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Pronunciation: /ˈtʃɪli
 
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Definition of chilly in English:

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
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
More example sentences
  • 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reserved, withdrawn, uncommunicative, unresponsive, unemotional, dispassionate, passionless, wooden, impersonal, formal, stiff, austere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

1
noun
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.

Words that rhyme with chilly

Billie, billy, Chile, chilli (US chili), Dili, dilly, filly, frilly, ghillie, gillie, Gilly, hilly, Lillee, lily, Lyly, papillae, Philly, Piccadilly, piccalilli, silly, skilly, stilly, Tilly, willy, willy-nilly

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