• kayokid

    Senior Member
    English, USA

    I think you are on the right track.

    Just as an example, consider the following:

    cool - It is cool outside. The weather is pleasant and you don't need a jacket to be comfortable.

    chilly - It is chilly outside. You need a jacket or sweater to be comfortable.

    cold - It is cold outside. You need a coat in order to be comfortable and stay warm.

    Hope this helps.


    Senior Member
    Amer. English & Spanish
    Hi. My humble opinion is that chilly is a nice and comfortable level of cold weather and cold is the annoying and uncomfortable side of cold weather. Wait for other suggestions. Cheers :thumbsup:


    Senior Member
    UK English
    Chilly is more soft and cold is closest to freeze, am I right?

    Not really. "chilly" is "cold and uncomfortable" while "cold" is just a fact.

    "It gets chilly/cold when the sun goes down. Do you want me to get you a sweater?"
    "The service was very bad and the food, when it finally arrived, was cold."
    "That's what you need after a long days' work: a nice cold pint."



    Thanks for all answers. Talking about the weather:
    - cool (pleasant but not warm)
    - chilly (pleasant/umpleasant?)
    - cold
    - freezing
    Is that right?
    Thanks in advance.


    Senior Member
    English - USA (California)
    It's been really cold here lately.

    When I left for my trip to New York a few weeks ago, the last days of what we call "summer" here in the San Francisco Bay Area were coming to a close. It wasn't warm anymore, but rather cool, but I could still leave the house in a t-shirt, or maybe a light sweater. When I was in New York, oh my lord was it freezing! Me being from a rather temperate climate, I don't even own heavy winter clothing, so I had to bundle up in the heaviest lined and hooded coat I had (putting on two pairs of socks, some gloves and a lined hat which covered my ears); my nose and extremities hurt because it was so cold. I was glad to come home to San Francisco because, although it is getting colder (and getting darn near freezing at night), and the days are really getting chilly (no more, shorts, no more t-shirts, heavy sweaters for all!), it's still not as bitter cold as it was in New York.

    There's a little narrative for you mestizo about how I perceive the use of the various adjectives in question. :)