Ill definition

ĭl
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The definition of an ill is an evil or a misfortune.

An example of an ill is a natural disaster like a flood.

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Hostile or unfriendly.

Ill feeling between rivals.

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Characterized by, causing, or tending to cause harm or evil.
  • Morally bad or wrong; evil.
    A person of 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.
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(slang) Excellent; outstanding.

Your new car is really ill!

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Resulting from or suggestive of evil intentions.

Ill deeds committed out of spite.

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Ascribing an objectionable quality.

Holds an ill view of that political group.

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Harmful; pernicious.

The ill effects of a misconceived policy.

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Anything causing harm, trouble, wrong, pain, unhappiness, etc.
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In an ill manner.
  • Badly; wrongly; improperly; imperfectly.
    ill-gotten gains.
  • Harshly; cruelly; unkindly.
    To speak ill of someone.
  • (now rare) With annoyance or offense.
    He took her remarks ill.
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With difficulty; scarcely.

They can ill afford to refuse.

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Illustrated.
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Illustration.
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Illustrator.
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(place) Illinois.
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Not healthy; sick.

I began to feel ill last week.

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Not normal; unsound.

An ill condition of body and mind.

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Sick people considered as a group. Often used with the.
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(archaic) Morally reprehensible (of behaviour etc.); blameworthy. [from 13th c.]
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Indicative of unkind or malevolent intentions; harsh, cruel. [from 14th c.]

He suffered from ill treatment.

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Unpropitious, unkind, faulty, not up to reasonable standard.

Ill manners; ill will.

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Unwell in terms of health or physical condition; sick. [from 15th c.]

I've been ill with the flu for the past few days.

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Having an urge to vomit. [from 20th c.]

Seeing those pictures made me ill.

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(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.]
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(slang) Extremely bad (bad enough to make one ill). Generally used indirectly with to be.

That band was ill.

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(often pluralized) Trouble; distress; misfortune; adversity.

Music won't solve all the world's ills, but it can make them easier to bear.

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I wouldn't want you to do me ill.

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A physical ailment; an illness.

I am incapacitated by rheumatism and other ills.

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Do not speak ill of the dead.

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(US, slang) PCP, phencyclidine.
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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.

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Ill means sick or not healthy.

An example of an ill person is someone with pneumonia.

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Not healthy; sick.

I began to feel ill last week.

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Not normal; unsound.

An ill condition of body and mind.

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Resulting in suffering; harmful or distressing.

The ill effects of a misconceived policy.

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Not favorable; unpropitious.

Ill predictions.

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Not measuring up to recognized standards of excellence, as of behavior or conduct.

Ill manners.

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In a bad, inadequate, or improper way. Often used in combination.

My words were ill-chosen.

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In an unfavorable way; unpropitiously.

A statistic that bodes ill for job growth.

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Scarcely or with difficulty.

We can ill afford another mistake.

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Evil, wrongdoing, or harm.

The ill that befell the townspeople.

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Something that causes suffering; trouble.

The social ills of urban life.

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Something that reflects in an unfavorable way on one.

Please don't speak ill of me when I'm gone.

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Sick people considered as a group. Often used with the.
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Illustrated.
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Illustration.
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Illustrator.
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Not healthy, normal, or well; having a disease; sick; indisposed.
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Not according to rule, custom, desirability, etc.; faulty; imperfect.

Ill breeding.

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Evil or misfortune.
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ill at ease
  • Anxious or unsure; uneasy:
    The stranger made me feel ill at ease.
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ill at ease
  • uneasy; uncomfortable
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
ill
Plural:
ills

Adjective

Base Form:
ill
Comparative:
worse
Superlative:
illest

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of ill

  • Middle English from Old Norse īllr bad

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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’).

    From Wiktionary