Date: 1300-1400
Origin: chile 'coldness' (11-15 centuries), from Old English cele


2 verb
1 [intransitive and transitive]DFC if you chill something such as food or drink, or if it chills, it becomes very cold but does not freeze:
a glass of chilled white wine
Spoon the mixture into a bowl and chill for two hours.
The longer this salad chills, the better the flavour.
2 also chill out [intransitive] informal to relax completely instead of feeling angry, tired, or nervous:
'Hold it! Just chill for a second, won't you!'
I spent the afternoon chilling out in front of the TV.
3 [transitive] to make someone very cold:
The wind blew across her body, chilling her wet skin.
chilled to the bone/marrow (=extremely cold)
Come and sit by the fire - you look chilled to the bone.
4 [transitive] literary to suddenly frighten someone, especially by seeming very cruel or violent:
The anger in his face chilled her.
chill somebody to the bone/chill somebody to the marrow/chill somebody's blood (=frighten somebody a lot)
He jerked his head round and saw something that chilled his blood.

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