Its winter in region these days, a friend uploaded a picture of water of summer from some other region. And that photo gave me goose bumps and i felt a sudden rush of cold in my body, so if i say "this photo gave me chills, would that be correct? Like it is said here? https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20111123001539AAcqr4k Are there any other phrase, words that could replace this one?

  • Usually when something gives someone chills it has either excited them to an extreme level or it has frightened them. If that was your experience, then yes, the phrase is appropriate. – Jason Patterson Feb 5 '15 at 3:50
  • I just learned a new word: "frissons", which I think might be used as a substitute for "chills". I saw it in this sentence: "I regularly experience frissons when listening to an interesting piece [of music]". This was written by an Italian, so I'm not sure how it looks to a native English speaker (I'm not one). – MichaelSB Apr 7 '18 at 17:04

Yes, "this photo gave me chills" is perfectly fine. "This photo gave me goosebumps" works too. Both phrases would be immediately understood by a native speaker.

Edit: As @WhatRoughBeast pointed out, this phrase can also be used to mean "it frightened me" or "it made me very uneasy".

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    You might want to edit your answer to include the fact that "gave me chills" or "gave me goosebumps" can also mean "it made me very uneasy" or "it frightened me". As in "The expression on his face gave me chills." – WhatRoughBeast Mar 7 '15 at 4:19
  • Also used (in AmE, at least): That photo gave me shivers. – Adam Nov 2 '15 at 16:47
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    @Adam: I'm a native speaker, and I can't say I've ever heard that variant. Maybe it's a regional thing? – Nate Barbettini Nov 2 '15 at 16:50
  • @NateBarbettini Do you mean using "shivers" without an article, or using shivers at all? nGrams shows quite a bit of use of the shivers, although chills is gaining in recent years: bit.ly/Shivills – Adam Nov 2 '15 at 17:42
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    @NateBarbettini, probably "sent shivers down my spine", not "gave"... – Victor Bazarov Nov 2 '15 at 18:27

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