Definition of chill noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//tʃɪl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃɪl//
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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 shivering (= 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. See related entries: Fear
  4. Word OriginOld English cele, ciele ‘cold, coldness’, of Germanic origin; related to cold.Extra examples A chill ran through me at the thought. Her words struck a chill in his heart. I caught a nasty chill after my swim last week. I could feel the chill as soon as I went outside. I’ll add some hot water to the milk to take the chill off it. She felt a sudden chill at the thought of the dangers he faced. The news sent a chill down her spine. There’s a slight chill in the air. With the chill factor, it’s nearly minus forty here. a chill of fear
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: chill