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chill (n.)

Old English ciele, cele "cold, coolness, chill, frost, sensation of suffering from cold, sensation of cold experienced in illness," from Proto-Germanic *kal- "to be cold," from PIE root *gel- "cold; to freeze." In modern use perhaps a back-formation from the verb. Figurative sense "depressing situation or influence" is from 1821 (in Middle English the figurative sense was "suffering, misfortune").

chill (v.)

late 14c., intransitive, "to feel cold, grow cold;" c. 1400, transitive, "to make cold," from chill (n.). Related: Chilled; chilling; chillingly. Figurative use "discourage, dispirit" is from late 14c. Meaning "hang out" first recorded 1985; from earlier chill out "relax" (1979).

Sheila E. sizzles in the new flick, Krush Groove, but some New York critics couldn't groove with it because many of the terms are unfamiliar to them. Examples: breakin' out (slang for leaving), chill (for cool down) and death (for something that's really good). ["Jet," Nov. 11, 1985]

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Definitions of chill from WordNet
1
chill (n.)
coldness due to a cold environment;
Synonyms: iciness / gelidity
chill (n.)
an almost pleasurable sensation of fright;
Synonyms: frisson / shiver / quiver / shudder / thrill / tingle
chill (n.)
a sensation of cold that often marks the start of an infection and the development of a fever;
Synonyms: shivering
chill (n.)
a sudden numbing dread;
Synonyms: pall
2
chill (v.)
depress or discourage;
The news of the city's surrender chilled the soldiers
chill (v.)
make cool or cooler;
Synonyms: cool / cool down
chill (v.)
loose heat;
Synonyms: cool / cool down
From wordnet.princeton.edu