- Ill means sick or not healthy.
An example of an ill person is someone with pneumonia.
- Ill is defined as in a bad or wrong way.
An example of ill used as an adverb is the phrase "ill advised" which means given improper or poor advice.
- The definition of an ill is an evil or a misfortune.
An example of an ill is a natural disaster like a flood.
This man is ill.
- characterized by, causing, or tending to cause harm or evil; specif.,
- morally bad or wrong; evil: ill repute
- causing pain, hardship, etc.; adverse: ill fortune
- not kind or friendly; harsh; cruel: ill will
- promising trouble; unfavorable; unfortunate; unpropitious: an ill omen
- not healthy, normal, or well; having a disease; sick; indisposed
- not according to rule, custom, desirability, etc.; faulty; imperfect: ill breeding
Origin of illMiddle English ; from Old Norse illr (replacing Old English yfel, evil, in many senses): probably ; from Germanic an unverified form ilhila ; from Indo-European base an unverified form elk-, hungry, bad from source Old Irish elc, bad
- an evil or misfortune
- a disease
go ill with
ill at ease
adjectiveworse worse , worst worst
- Not healthy; sick: I began to feel ill last week.
- Not normal; unsound: an ill condition of body and mind.
- Resulting in suffering; harmful or distressing: the ill effects of a misconceived policy.
- a. Resulting from or suggestive of evil intentions: ill deeds committed out of spite.b. Ascribing an objectionable quality: holds an ill view of that political group.c. Hostile or unfriendly: ill feeling between rivals.d. Harmful; pernicious: the ill effects of a misconceived policy.
- Not favorable; unpropitious: ill predictions.
- Not measuring up to recognized standards of excellence, as of behavior or conduct: ill manners.
- Slang Excellent; outstanding: Your new car is really ill!
adverbworse worse, worst worst
- In a bad, inadequate, or improper way. Often used in combination: My words were ill-chosen.
- In an unfavorable way; unpropitiously: a statistic that bodes ill for job growth.
- Scarcely or with difficulty: We can ill afford another mistake.
- Evil, wrongdoing, or harm: the ill that befell the townspeople.
- Something that causes suffering; trouble: the social ills of urban life.
- Something that reflects in an unfavorable way on one: Please don't speak ill of me when I'm gone.
- (used with a pl. verb) Sick people considered as a group. Often used with the.
Origin of illMiddle English, from Old Norse īllr, bad.
(comparative more ill, superlative most ill)
- (archaic) Morally reprehensible (of behaviour etc.); blameworthy. [from 13th c.]
- Indicative of unkind or malevolent intentions; harsh, cruel. [from 14th c.]
- He suffered from ill treatment.
- Unpropitious, unkind, faulty, not up to reasonable standard.
- ill manners; ill will
- Unwell in terms of health or physical condition; sick. [from 15th c.]
- I've been ill with the flu for the past few days.
- Having an urge to vomit. [from 20th c.]
- Seeing those pictures made me ill.
- (hip-hop slang) Sublime, with the connotation of being so in a singularly creative way. [This sense sometimes declines in AAVE as ill, comparative iller, superlative illest.]
- (slang) Extremely bad (bad enough to make one ill). Generally used indirectly with to be.
- That band was ill.
- The comparative forms iller and illest are used in American English, but less than one fourth as frequently as the "more" and "most" forms.
- (often pluralized) Trouble; distress; misfortune; adversity.
- Music won't solve all the world's ills, but it can make them easier to bear.
- Harm or injury.
- I wouldn't want you to do me ill.
- Evil; moral wrongfulness.
- A physical ailment; an illness.
- I am incapacitated by rheumatism and other ills.
- Unfavorable remarks or opinions.
- Do not speak ill of the dead.
- (US, slang) PCP, phencyclidine.
- Lil, li'l, lil
Middle English ille ‘evil, wicked’, from Old Norse illr (adj.), illa (adv.), ilt (noun) (whence Danish ilde), from Proto-Germanic *elhilaz, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁elḱ- (whence Latin ulcus ‘sore’, Ancient Greek hélkos ‘wound, ulcer’, Sanskrit árśas ‘hemorrhoids’).