AskDefine | Define chilling

Dictionary Definition

chilling adj : so scary as to cause chills and shudders; "the most terrible and shuddery...tales of murder and revenge" [syn: scarey, scary, shivery, shuddery] n : the process of becoming cooler; a falling temperature [syn: cooling, temperature reduction]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. Causing mild fear.
    It was a chilling story, but the children enjoyed it


  1. present participle of chill

Extensive Definition

Chill out may mean:
Chilling or Chilling out is a slang term which means to relax or "take it easy".
Chilling can also refer to the effects governments and laws have on behavior, particularly on Free speech. See "Chilling effect." This is related to the expression Chills down my spine, a metaphor for Goose bumps.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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