Ill - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɪl|  American pronunciation of the word ill
Brit.  |ɪl|  British pronunciation of the word ill


- an often persistent bodily disorder or disease; a cause for complaining (syn: ailment, complaint)


- resulting in suffering or adversity
- distressing
- indicating hostility or enmity
- presaging ill fortune(syn: inauspicious, ominous)


- (`ill' is often used as a combining form) in a poor or improper or unsatisfactory manner; not well(syn: badly, poorly)
- unfavorably or with disapproval(syn: badly)
- with difficulty or inconvenience; scarcely or hardly


That dog can eat almost anything with no ill effects.

They had been subjected to months of ill treatment.

He is being ill served by his advisers.

Please don't think ill of me.

He was a good man who never spoke ill of anyone.

...chicken pox and the other ills that were once a fixture of childhood...

...idealistic people who try to cure all of our society's ills...

She is ill with a tropical disease.

It was just ill fortune.

Don't wish them ill.

There seems to be no cure for our economic ills.

Don't speak ill of the dead.

He is ill able to sustain the burden.

Bridget can't come - she's ill.

I was feeling ill that day and decided to stay at home.

Word forms

singular: ill
plural: ills
comparative: worse
superlative: worst
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