I. noun Etymology: Middle English chile chill, frost, from Old English ciele; akin to Old English ceald cold Date: before 12th century 1. a. a sensation of cold accompanied by shivering b. a disagreeable sensation of coldness 2. a moderate but disagreeable degree of cold 3. a check to enthusiasm or warmth of feeling <
felt the chill of his opponent's stare
II. adjective Date: 14th century 1. a. moderately cold b. cold, raw 2. affected by cold <
chill travelers
3. distant, formal <
a chill reception
4. depressing, dispiriting <
chill penury — Thomas Gray
chillness noun III. verb Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. a. to become cold b. to shiver or quake with or as if with cold 2. to become taken with a chill 3. a. chill out b. hang 12 transitive verb 1. a. to make cold or chilly <
spectators chilled by a cold wind
b. to make cool especially without freezing <
chill a bottle of wine
2. to affect as if with cold ; dispirit, discourage <
were chilled by the drab austerity — William Attwood
chillingly adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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