- 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.
ill definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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
ill definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective worse 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.
- In a sickly or unsound manner; not well.
- Scarcely or with difficulty.
- Evil; sin.
- Disaster, distress, or harm.
- 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.
Origin: Middle English, from Old Norse īllr, bad.
ill - Medical Definition
- Not healthy; sick.
- Not normal, as a condition; unsound.
ill - Phrases/Idioms
go ill with
ill at ease
ill at ease