chilly

Did someone leave a window open? It's chilly in here! That word means "cold," and it can also mean that someone's acting in a frosty way.

The main meaning of chilly is cold, but this word is often used for emotions too, just like "warm." A warm person is loving and kind, but a chilly person is unemotional, distant, and quiet. Chilly people are often called "aloof" — another word for someone who's not acting like a people person. "After you turned them in for cheating on their homework, they gave you a chilly reception."

Definitions of chilly
  1. adjective
    appreciably or disagreeably cold
    synonyms: parky
    cold
    having a low or inadequate temperature or feeling a sensation of coldness or having been made cold by e.g. ice or refrigeration
  2. adjective
    lacking warmth of feeling
    “a chilly greeting”
    Synonyms:
    unfriendly
    not disposed to friendship or friendliness
  3. adjective
    not characterized by emotion
    “"a female form in marble--a chilly but ideal medium for depicting abstract virtues"-C.W.Cunningham”
    Synonyms:
    unemotional
    unsusceptible to or destitute of or showing no emotion
  4. noun
    very hot and finely tapering pepper of special pungency
    synonyms: chile, chili, chili pepper, chilli
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    types:
    jalapeno, jalapeno pepper
    hot green or red pepper of southwestern United States and Mexico
    cayenne, cayenne pepper
    a long and often twisted hot red pepper
    chipotle
    a ripe jalapeno that has been dried for use in cooking
    type of:
    hot pepper
    any of various pungent capsicum fruits
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