Definition of chilly in English:

chilly

adjective

  • 1Uncomfortably cool or cold.

    ‘it had turned chilly’
    ‘a chilly day’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The first of this year's meetings on May 8th was well attended though the evening was quite chilly after the great April spell.’
    • ‘They are also ideal for supplementing existing central heating systems, not only throughout the winter months but also on chilly spring and autumn evenings.’
    • ‘I have an immersion heater so we'll have hot water, but the radiators are stone cold and it's chilly this evening.’
    • ‘On a chilly Sunday evening, amidst the picturesque Necklace Road, Hyderabadis were witness to a special event.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A chilly, drizzly evening set the stage for a terrific tale of murder, mystery and mayhem, led by one Mr. Ripper's foremost authorities.’
    • ‘A big, blazing fire in a massive, heat retaining rock fireplace will be just the thing for chilly evenings - or cold winter days.’
    • ‘He said he had loaned the woman his jumper when the air turned chilly during an evening out after the flight in August, 2001.’
    • ‘This is just the thing for these chilly winter evenings and it's so simple, so delicious and so brilliant.’
    • ‘MY fondest memory of Halloween occurred one chilly evening 13 or so years ago.’
    • ‘I have an old Shetland wool cardigan jacket, knitted in a massive cable stitch, that I tend to wear on chilly evenings.’
    • ‘The moon was about a half off its regular size and the weather began chilly and unpleasant.’
    • ‘The evenings are becoming chilly now, enough to remind us of how very cold it will be, come winter.’
    • ‘Sultry summer evenings gave way to chilly autumn and cold winter nights.’
    • ‘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 atmosphere in Gurazada open-air auditorium at Siripuram junction warmed up on a chilly evening with hot numbers.’
    • ‘Too bad those chilly San Francisco evenings demand socks and shoes.’
    • ‘ON a chilly autumn evening seven years ago a young soldier died in mysterious circumstances on the training area at Catterick Garrison.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He was as chilly as me, however, and the action did no good.’
      • ‘I was chilly so I slid into the sweater I had been using as a blanket.’
      • ‘Was it when I lit a fire in the fireplace after you said you were chilly?’
      • ‘However, the child is chilly, wants to be covered, and is thirsty for warm drinks.’
      • ‘His whole body hurt, and he was chilly and he wanted the bloody blanket if he cut his wrists getting it.’
      • ‘Since when did the wind start delivering shirts to chilly children?’
      cold, frozen, frozen stiff, frozen to the bone, frozen to the core, frozen to the marrow, freezing, freezing cold, bitterly cold, shivery, numb, numbed, chilled
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    2. 1.2 Unfriendly.
      ‘a chilly reception’
      • ‘This little chilly brat has a knack for getting onto people's nerves.’
      • ‘He had given her a rather chilly reception, telling her she was too careless with the maintenance of her gun.’
      • ‘But New Zealand wasn't ready for a welfare state and the proposal met with a chilly reception.’
      • ‘Crying after Mrs. Moore's chilly reception, Adela begins to cry out Aziz's name.’
      • ‘Earlier today, Bill, Powell had rather a chilly reception from the Moroccan king.’
      • ‘Their influence is suspected in the chilly reception from corporate Canada.’
      • ‘A group of volunteer border guards get a chilly reception in southern California.’
      • ‘He had been threatened, his wife was spat at and his family received a chilly reception in stores around town.’
      • ‘The anger was no longer present, but the chilly persona still lingered.’
      • ‘Initially his ideas received a chilly reception by the high command.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘According to a source who was there, Mr Barry received a chilly reception that day back in the Fifties.’
      • ‘Also, they give the president's State of the Union speech a rather chilly reception.’
      • ‘The branch entered the market in November of 1994, to a very chilly reception.’
      • ‘But to Thayer's chagrin, the movie meets with a chilly reception from critics and public alike.’
      • ‘You should see him wrinkle his nose in disgust if it's all chilly and unfriendly.’
      • ‘The Japanese delegation received a chilly reception in Laos.’
      • ‘Not surprised by the chilly reception, Rena bids Olivia a goodnight and moves away.’
      • ‘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.’
      unfriendly, unsympathetic, unwelcoming, forbidding, cold, cool, frosty, glacial, frigid
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Pronunciation

chilly

/ˈtʃɪli//ˈCHilē/