American English

Definition of chill noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[singular] a feeling of being cold There's a chill in the air this morning. A small fire was burning to take the chill off the room.
  2. 2[countable] an illness caused by being cold and wet, causing fever and the shivers (= shaking of the body)
  3. 3[singular] a feeling of fear a chill of fear/apprehension His words sent a chill down her spine. The news of the disaster cast a chill over the party.
  4. Idioms
    (the) thrills and chills/spills (informal)
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    the excitement that is involved in dangerous or scary activities or movies a slickly paced thriller that provides viewers with multiple thrills and chills Experience the thrills and spills of surfing!
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: chill