Definition of chilly in English:


Syllabification: chill·y
Pronunciation: /ˈCHilē

adjective (chillier, chilliest)

1Uncomfortably cool or cold: it had turned chilly a chilly day
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  • 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.
wintry, frosty, brisk, icy, ice-cold, icy-cold, chill, glacial, polar, arctic, raw, bitter, bitterly cold, freezing, frigid, gelid, hypothermic
informal nippy
1.1(Of a person) feeling cold: I felt a bit chilly
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  • 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.
1.2Unfriendly: a chilly reception
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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.
unfriendly, unwelcoming, cold, cool, frosty, gelid
informal standoffish, offish



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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