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From Middle English chil, chile, from Old English ?yle, ?iele, ?ele (“cold; coldness”), from Proto-Germanic *kaliz. Merged with Middle English chele, from Old English ??le (“cold; coldness”), from Proto-Germanic *k?liz, *k?l?? (“coolness; coldness”), from Proto-Indo-European *gel- (“to be cold”). Related to German Low German Köle, German Kühle, Danish køle, Swedish kyla, Icelandic kylur. Compare also Dutch kil (“chilly; frosty; frigid”). See also cool, cold.
chill (countable and uncountable, plural chills)
- A moderate, but uncomfortable and penetrating coldness.
- A sudden penetrating sense of cold, especially one that causes a brief trembling nerve response through the body; the trembling response itself; often associated with illness: fevers and chills, or susceptibility to illness.
- An uncomfortable and numbing sense of fear, dread, anxiety, or alarm, often one that is sudden and usually accompanied by a trembling nerve response resembling the body's response to biting cold.
- An iron mould or portion of a mould, serving to cool rapidly, and so to harden, the surface of molten iron brought in contact with it.
- The hardened part of a casting, such as the tread of a carriage wheel.
- A lack of warmth and cordiality; unfriendliness.
- Calmness; equanimity.
- A sense of style; trendiness; savoir faire.
- Moderately cold or chilly.
- Unwelcoming; not cordial.
- (slang) Calm, relaxed, easygoing.
- (slang) "Cool"; meeting a certain hip standard or garnering the approval of a certain peer group.
- (slang) Okay, not a problem.
- (transitive) to lower the temperature of something; to cool
- (intransitive) to become cold
- (transitive, metallurgy) to harden a metal surface by sudden cooling
- (intransitive, metallurgy) to become hard by rapid cooling
- (intransitive, slang) to relax, lie back
- (intransitive, slang) to "hang", hang out; to spend time with another person or group. Also chill out.
- (intransitive, slang) to smoke marijuana
- (transitive) to discourage, depress