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
    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”
    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”
    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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    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
    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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