Definition of chilblain in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtʃɪlbleɪn/


A painful, itching swelling on a hand or foot, caused by poor circulation in the skin when exposed to cold.
Example sentences
  • As a cream or ointment, it can be applied directly to bruises, sprains, strains, chilblains or painful varicose veins - but only on unbroken skin.
  • He carried on working to the end - dressed in the high starched collar and cravat of his youth and dispensing old-fashioned remedies, medicines, and cures which he prepared himself, for ailments as diverse as bronchitis and chilblains.
  • To prevent chilblains, avoid exposure to cold.



Example sentences
  • With Spartan fortitude he had to squeeze his chilblained feet into wet socks and soggy boots frozen solid.
  • Consequently, this will result in chilblained or frostbitten hands, feet, and ears.
  • Just ask the chilblained citizens of Minnesota.


Mid 16th century: from chill + blain.

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Line breaks: chil|blain

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