ill: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (il), [key]
— adj., n., adv. worse, worst,
  1. of unsound physical or mental health; unwell; sick: She felt ill, so her teacher sent her to the nurse.
  2. objectionable; unsatisfactory; poor; faulty: ill manners.
  3. hostile; unkindly: ill feeling.
  4. evil; wicked; bad: of ill repute.
  5. unfavorable; adverse: ill fortune.
  6. of inferior worth or ability; unskillful; inexpert: an ill example of scholarship.
  7. socially uncomfortable; nervous: They were ill at ease because they didn't speak the language.
  1. an unfavorable opinion or statement: I can speak no ill of her.
  2. harm or injury: His remarks did much ill.
  3. trouble, distress, or misfortune: Many ills befell him.
  4. evil: to know the difference between good and ill.
  5. sickness or disease.
  1. in an ill manner.
  2. unsatisfactorily; poorly: It ill befits a man to betray old friends.
  3. in a hostile or unfriendly manner.
  4. unfavorably; unfortunately.
  5. with displeasure or offense.
  6. faultily; improperly.
  7. with difficulty or inconvenience; scarcely: Buying a new car is an expense we can ill afford.


Pronunciation: (īl), [key]
  1. contraction of I will.


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. Illinois.


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. illustrated.
  2. illustration.
  3. illustrator.
  4. most illustrious.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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  • ill (Thesaurus)