Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Cool or cold enough to cause shivering. See Synonyms at cold.
  • adj. Seized with or feeling cold; shivering.
  • adj. Distant and cool; unfriendly: a chilly look.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Cold enough to cause shivering; or suddenly feeling cold
  • adj. Unfriendly or distant and cool

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Moderately cold; cold and raw or damp so as to cause shivering; causing or feeling a disagreeable sensation of cold, or a shivering.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Experiencing the sensation of chilliness; chilled.
  • Producing the sensation of cold; chilling; especially, so cold as to produce the sensation of shivering.
  • Cold; chill.
  • Wanting zeal, animation, or heartiness; indifferent; cold; frigid: as, a chilly reception.
  • In a chill or chilly manner; coldly; with coldness.
  • n. See chilli.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. very hot and finely tapering pepper of special pungency
  • adj. not characterized by emotion
  • adj. lacking warmth of feeling
  • adj. appreciably or disagreeably cold

Etymologies

chill +‎ -y (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The temperature which, at this time of the year, is usually warm and genial, continued to be what they called chilly, though I found it agreeable enough, and the showy trees, called the _Pride of India_, which are planted all over the city, and are generally in bloom at this season, were still leafless.

    Letters of a Traveller Notes of Things Seen in Europe and America

  • What is the most striking features is obviously the fireplace on the outside, which seems to be keeping you cool as you hang out in chilly winter nights in the little patio area!

    Modern Home in Auckland By Belinda George Architects

  • You both live in chilly places, Ann in Minneapolis and Liv in Norway.

    Ann Bancroft - An interview with author

  • We don't really do sandwiches except grilled cheese, which won't work, so I don't know if she'll be cool with that or not, and a two-hour nature walk in chilly weather seems like not the day to test that.

    Little Ladies Who (Need) Lunch

  • There is a linkage between blue eyes, blond hair and fair skin, which is supposedly of adaptive advantage in chilly northern latitudes; there also seems to be some kind of link with adult lactose tolerance.

    Blue Eyes

  • Jensen and myself, discussing this film and pornography at Augsburg College in chilly MN.

    2008 November 24 « Bound, Not Gagged

  • → Base Layers The right underlayers and warm socks are essential, as your legs and feet can freeze when they're dangling in chilly water for hours, even in summer.

    Reach More Fish from a Float Tube

  • But I'm glad I found it even while living now in chilly Boston.

    Parking Lot Humiliation

  • All it took was a weekend in chilly Cleveland and a date with the bumbling Browns for Houston to have a road trip to remember.

    USATODAY.com

  • Normally solid in chilly weather, Brady took a while to adjust to the conditions.

    USATODAY.com

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