Definition of "ill" []

  • Not healthy; sick: I began to feel ill last week. (adjective)
  • Not normal; unsound: an ill condition of body and mind. (adjective)
  • Resulting in suffering; harmful or distressing: the ill effects of a misconceived policy. (adjective)
  • Resulting from or suggestive of evil intentions: ill deeds committed out of spite. (adjective)
  • Ascribing an objectionable quality: holds an ill view of that political group. (adjective)
  • Not in good health; sick (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Characterized by or intending evil, harm, etc; hostile (adjective)
  • Causing or resulting in pain, harm, adversity, etc (adjective)
  • Ascribing or imputing evil to something referred to (adjective)
  • Promising an unfavourable outcome; unpropitious (adjective)
  • Harsh; lacking kindness (adjective)
  • Not up to an acceptable standard; faulty (adjective)
  • Evil or harm (noun)
  • A mild disease (noun)
  • Misfortune; trouble (noun)
  • Badly (adverb)
  • With difficulty; hardly (adverb)
  • Not rightly (adverb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "ill" in a sentence
  • "IV. i.35 (385,8) [that my heart means no ill] [W: tho '] _That my heart means no ill_, is the same with _to whom my heart means no ill_; the common phrase suppresses the particle, as _I mean him_ [not _to_ him] _no harm_."
  • "A few weeks ago she was taken ill, and in her ill*"
  • "What w ill thc}/anivver; if a defpcrate and a ftarving people, a licentious and an ill* paid foidicry tired with plundering and with deftroying each other fhould unite in requiring reaibn of them, as of the au - thors of all their evils?"