Definition of chilly in English:

chilly

adjective

  • 1Uncomfortably or unpleasantly cold.

    ‘a chilly February evening’
    • ‘In every one the owner offered a little cup of strong black sugary tea and a chair by the stove, since outside high summer the evenings are decidedly chilly.’
    • ‘The BT engineer should be around tomorrow morning to work on it, which is great as it's a little chilly in here this evening.’
    • ‘I have an immersion heater so we'll have hot water, but the radiators are stone cold and it's chilly this evening.’
    • ‘They are also ideal for supplementing existing central heating systems, not only throughout the winter months but also on chilly spring and autumn evenings.’
    • ‘Although I was quite wet on the chilly evening, I continued to talk with one agent after another.’
    • ‘That's what found him under the glare of the strobe lights one chilly Saturday evening amidst the calm environs of the Chiran Fort Club.’
    • ‘I have an old Shetland wool cardigan jacket, knitted in a massive cable stitch, that I tend to wear on chilly evenings.’
    • ‘On a chilly Sunday evening, amidst the picturesque Necklace Road, Hyderabadis were witness to a special event.’
    • ‘He said he had loaned the woman his jumper when the air turned chilly during an evening out after the flight in August, 2001.’
    • ‘ON a chilly autumn evening seven years ago a young soldier died in mysterious circumstances on the training area at Catterick Garrison.’
    • ‘A chilly, drizzly evening set the stage for a terrific tale of murder, mystery and mayhem, led by one Mr. Ripper's foremost authorities.’
    • ‘This is just the thing for these chilly winter evenings and it's so simple, so delicious and so brilliant.’
    • ‘Sultry summer evenings gave way to chilly autumn and cold winter nights.’
    • ‘MY fondest memory of Halloween occurred one chilly evening 13 or so years ago.’
    • ‘The moon was about a half off its regular size and the weather began chilly and unpleasant.’
    • ‘The atmosphere in Gurazada open-air auditorium at Siripuram junction warmed up on a chilly evening with hot numbers.’
    • ‘A big, blazing fire in a massive, heat retaining rock fireplace will be just the thing for chilly evenings - or cold winter days.’
    • ‘The evenings are becoming chilly now, enough to remind us of how very cold it will be, come winter.’
    • ‘The first of this year's meetings on May 8th was well attended though the evening was quite chilly after the great April spell.’
    • ‘Too bad those chilly San Francisco evenings demand socks and shoes.’
    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
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    1. 1.1(of a person) feeling cold.
      ‘I felt a bit chilly’
      • ‘However, the child is chilly, wants to be covered, and is thirsty for warm drinks.’
      • ‘Was it when I lit a fire in the fireplace after you said you were chilly?’
      • ‘Mysti did her powerful leap from the ground and immediately I was chilly from the cool night air as the rushing wind passed me.’
      • ‘Since when did the wind start delivering shirts to chilly children?’
      • ‘He was as chilly as me, however, and the action did no good.’
      • ‘His whole body hurt, and he was chilly and he wanted the bloody blanket if he cut his wrists getting it.’
      • ‘I was chilly so I slid into the sweater I had been using as a blanket.’
      • ‘When you hear a little crake noise, then you shall know that I am chilly and you shall make more fire.’
    2. 1.2Unfriendly.
      ‘he got a chilly reception from Republican activists’
      • ‘This view has, thus far, met with a rather chilly reception among dinofolk.’
      • ‘Graph Nobel has been a cause célèbre on the T-Dot scene, but she received a chilly reception from most of the overheated onlookers on this day.’
      • ‘Earlier today, Bill, Powell had rather a chilly reception from the Moroccan king.’
      • ‘According to a source who was there, Mr Barry received a chilly reception that day back in the Fifties.’
      • ‘Not surprised by the chilly reception, Rena bids Olivia a goodnight and moves away.’
      • ‘He had been threatened, his wife was spat at and his family received a chilly reception in stores around town.’
      • ‘Barker is often perceived as a rather chilly writer, but here he laughs at the absurdity of humanity that dares to hope even as it digs its own grave with a spade.’
      • ‘Their influence is suspected in the chilly reception from corporate Canada.’
      • ‘You should see him wrinkle his nose in disgust if it's all chilly and unfriendly.’
      • ‘But New Zealand wasn't ready for a welfare state and the proposal met with a chilly reception.’
      • ‘Also, they give the president's State of the Union speech a rather chilly reception.’
      • ‘The anger was no longer present, but the chilly persona still lingered.’
      • ‘He had given her a rather chilly reception, telling her she was too careless with the maintenance of her gun.’
      • ‘The Japanese delegation received a chilly reception in Laos.’
      • ‘Initially his ideas received a chilly reception by the high command.’
      • ‘Crying after Mrs. Moore's chilly reception, Adela begins to cry out Aziz's name.’
      • ‘The branch entered the market in November of 1994, to a very chilly reception.’
      • ‘A group of volunteer border guards get a chilly reception in southern California.’
      • ‘But to Thayer's chagrin, the movie meets with a chilly reception from critics and public alike.’
      • ‘This little chilly brat has a knack for getting onto people's nerves.’

Pronunciation:

chilly

/ˈtʃɪli/