AskDefine | Define chill

Dictionary Definition

chill adj : uncomfortably cool; "a chill wind"; "chilly weather" [syn: chilly]


1 coldness due to a cold environment [syn: iciness, gelidity]
2 an almost pleasurable sensation of fright; "a frisson of surprise shot through him" [syn: frisson, shiver, quiver, shudder, thrill, tingle]
3 a sensation of cold that often marks the start of an infection and the development of a fever [syn: shivering]
4 a sudden numbing dread [syn: pall]


1 depress or discourage; "The news of the city's surrender chilled the soldiers"
2 make cool or cooler; "Chill the food" [syn: cool, cool down] [ant: heat]
3 loose heat; "The air cooled considerably after the thunderstorm" [syn: cool, cool down] [ant: heat]

User Contributed Dictionary





  • /tʃɪl/
  • Rhymes with: -ɪl


  1. A moderate but penetrating sense of cold.
    There was a chill in the air.
  2. A sudden numbing fear or dread.
    Despite the heat, he felt a chill as he entered the crimescene.


a moderate but penetrating sense of cold
a sudden numbing fear or dread
  • German: Schauer, Kälteschauer


  1. Moderately cold or chilly.
    A chill wind was blowing down the street.
  2. Calm, relaxed.
    I'm pretty chill most of the time.


moderately cold or chilly


  1. To lower the temperature of something; to cool.
    Chill before serving.
  2. In the context of "transitive|metallurgy": To harden a metal surface by sudden cooling.
  3. To become cold.
    In the wind he chilled quickly.
  4. In the context of "intransitive|metallurgy": To become hard by rapid cooling.
  5. To relax, lay back.
    Chill, man, we've got a whole week to do it; no sense in getting worked up.
  6. To smoke marijuana.
    On Friday night do you wanna chill?


to lower the temperature of something; to cool
to harden a metal surface by sudden cooling
  • German: abkühlen, abschrecken
to become cold
  • Finnish: jäähtyä, kylmentyä
  • German: abkühlen
  • Italian: raffreddarsi
  • Norwegian: kjølne
to become hard by rapid cooling
  • German: abkühlen, abschrecken
to relax, lay back
  • Finnish: ottaa rennosti, chillata (slang)
  • German: relaxen, chillen
  • Italian: calmarsi, rilassarsi
  • Norwegian: chille (slang)

Related terms


Middle English


See ch-.


  1. I will.



  1. Imperative of chille

Extensive Definition

Chill may refer to:
chill in German: Chill
chill in French: Chill

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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