adjective, worse, worst; iller, illest for 7.
of unsound physical or mental health; unwell; sick:
She felt ill, so her teacher sent her to the nurse.
objectionable; unsatisfactory; poor; faulty:
evil; wicked; bad:
of ill repute.
of inferior worth or ability; unskillful; inexpert:
an ill example of scholarship.
Slang. great; amazing:
His mom is the illest cook.
an unfavorable opinion or statement:
I can speak no ill of her.
harm or injury:
His remarks did much ill.
trouble, distress, or misfortune:
Many ills befell him.
to know the difference between good and ill.
sickness or disease.
in an ill manner.
It ill befits a man to betray old friends.
in a hostile or unfriendly manner.
with displeasure or offense.
with difficulty or inconvenience; scarcely:
Buying a new car is an expense we can ill afford.
ill at ease, socially uncomfortable; nervous:
They were ill at ease because they didn’t speak the language.
adjective worse, worst
(usually postpositive) not in good health; sick
characterized by or intending evil, harm, etc; hostile: ill deeds
causing or resulting in pain, harm, adversity, etc: ill effects
ascribing or imputing evil to something referred to: ill repute
promising an unfavourable outcome; unpropitious: an ill omen
harsh; lacking kindness: ill will
not up to an acceptable standard; faulty: ill manners
ill at ease, unable to relax; uncomfortable
evil or harm: to wish a person ill
a mild disease
badly: the title ill befits him
with difficulty; hardly: he can ill afford the money
not rightly: she ill deserves such good fortune
c.1200, “morally evil” (other 13c. senses were “malevolent, hurtful, unfortunate, difficult”), from Old Norse illr “ill, bad,” of unknown origin. Not related to evil. Main modern sense of “sick, unhealthy, unwell” is first recorded mid-15c., probably related to Old Norse idiom “it is bad to me.” Slang inverted sense of “very good, cool” is 1980s. As a noun, “something evil,” from mid-13c.
early 13c., “to do evil to,” from ill (adj.). Meaing “to speak disparagingly” is from 1520s. Related: Illed; illing.
c.1200, “wickedly; with hostility;” see ill (adj.). Meaning “not well, poorly” is from c.1300. It generally has not shifted to the realm of physical sickess, as the adjective has done. Ill-fated recorded from 1710; ill-informed from 1824; ill-tempered from c.1600; ill-starred from c.1600. Generally contrasted with well, hence the useful, but now obsolete or obscure illcome (1570s), illfare (c.1300), and illth.
adj. worse (wûrs), worst (wûrst)
A disease or illness, especially of animals.
, also see under
[il-sawr-tid] /ˈɪlˈsɔr tɪd/ adjective 1. badly matched; poorly arranged. adjective 1. badly arranged or matched; ill-assorted
[il-spent] /ˈɪlˈspɛnt/ adjective 1. misspent; wasted.
[il-stahrd] /ˈɪlˈstɑrd/ adjective 1. doomed to misfortune or disaster; ill-fated; unlucky: an ill-starred enterprise. 2. disastrous: an ill-starred marriage. adjective 1. unlucky; unfortunate; ill-fated
[il-soo-tid] /ˈɪlˈsu tɪd/ adjective 1. not suitable; inappropriate.