- The definition of chill is somewhat cold or not friendly.
- An example of chill used as an adjective is the phrase a "chill breeze" which means a breeze that is moderately cold.
- An example of chill used as an adjective is the phrase a "chill personality" which means a person who is standoffish.
- A chill is defined as a feeling of coldness or a sudden feeling of fear, dread or disappointment.
- An example of a chill is a cold breeze blowing through a house.
- An example of a chill is a sudden frightful feeling after hearing a horror story.
- To chill is defined as to become or make cold.
An example of to chill is to put dough in the fridge overnight.
This man clearly has a chill.
- a feeling of coldness that makes one shiver; uncomfortable coolness
- a moderate coldness
- a damper on enthusiasm; discouraging influence
- a feeling of sudden fear, apprehension, etc.
- coolness of manner; unfriendliness
- Metallurgy a cooled iron mold placed in contact with that part of a casting which is to be cooled rapidly and thus hardened on the surface
Origin of chillMiddle English chile ; from Old English ciele, coldness ; from Germanic an unverified form kal-, to be cold ; from Indo-European base an unverified form gel-, cold from source Classical Latin gel- in gelidus, icy
- to become cool or cold
- to be seized with a chill; shake or shiver, as with cold or fear
- ☆ Slang: usually with out
- to rest or relax
- to calm down: usually used in the imperative
- Metallurgy to become hardened on the surface by rapid cooling
- to make cool or cold
- to cause a chill in
- to check (enthusiasm, etc.)
- to depress; dispirit
- Metallurgy to harden (metal) on the surface by rapid cooling
- A moderate but penetrating coldness.
- A sensation of coldness, often accompanied by shivering and pallor of the skin.
- A checking or dampening of enthusiasm, spirit, or joy: bad news that put a chill on the celebration.
- A sudden numbing fear or dread.
- Moderately cold; chilly: a chill wind.
- Not warm and friendly; distant: a chill greeting.
- Discouraging; dispiriting: “Chill penury repressed their noble rage” (Thomas Gray).
verbchilled, chill·ing, chills
- To affect with or as if with cold.
- To lower in temperature; cool.
- To make discouraged; dispirit.
- Metallurgy To harden (a metallic surface) by rapid cooling.
- To be seized with cold.
- To become cold or set: jelly that chills quickly.
- Metallurgy To become hard by rapid cooling.
- Slang a. To calm down or relax. Often used with out.b. To pass time idly; loiter. Often used with out.c. To keep company; see socially. Often used with out.
Origin of chillMiddle English chile, from Old English cele; see gel- in Indo-European roots.
- A moderate, but uncomfortable and penetrating coldness.
- There was a chill in the air.
- A sudden penetrating sense of cold, especially one that causes a brief trembling nerve response through the body; the trembling response itself; often associated with illness: fevers and chills, or susceptibility to illness.
- Close the window or you'll catch a chill. I felt a chill when the wind picked up.
- An uncomfortable and numbing sense of fear, dread, anxiety, or alarm, often one that is sudden and usually accompanied by a trembling nerve response resembling the body's response to biting cold.
- Despite the heat, he felt a chill as he entered the crime scene. The actor's eerie portrayal sent chills through the audience. His menacing presence cast a chill over everyone.
- An iron mould or portion of a mould, serving to cool rapidly, and so to harden, the surface of molten iron brought in contact with it.
- The hardened part of a casting, such as the tread of a carriage wheel.
(comparative more chill, superlative most chill)
- Moderately cold or chilly.
- A chill wind was blowing down the street.
- (slang) Calm, relaxed, easygoing. See also: chill out.
- I'm pretty chill most of the time.
- Paint-your-own ceramics studios are a chill way to express yourself while learning more about your date's right brain.
- (slang) "Cool"; meeting a certain hip standard or garnering the approval of a certain peer group.
- That new movie was chill, man.
(third-person singular simple present chills, present participle chilling, simple past and past participle chilled)
- To lower the temperature of something; to cool.
- Chill before serving.
- (metallurgy) To harden a metal surface by sudden cooling.
- (intransitive) To become cold.
- In the wind he chilled quickly.
- (intransitive, metallurgy) To become hard by rapid cooling.
- (intransitive, slang) To relax, lie back.
- Chill, man, we've got a whole week to do it; no sense in getting worked up.
- The new gym teacher really has to chill or he's gonna blow a gasket.
- (intransitive, slang) To "hang", hang out; to spend time with another person or group. Also chill out.
- Hey, we should chill this weekend.
- (intransitive, slang) To smoke marijuana.
- On Friday night do you wanna chill?
Old English ċele.
- (computing) an acronym for CCITT High Level Language