Meaning of big chill in English:

big chill

Pronunciation /ˌbɪɡ ˈtʃɪl/


informal North American
  • 1A spell of extremely cold weather.

  • 2Frequently with the. A numbing and depressing sensation or influence on the feelings, a damper; (also) a state of affairs causing loss of confidence or resolve. Compare "chill", 3b.

  • 3Death; mortality.


Early 20th century; earliest use found in The Syracuse Herald. From big + chill.