ailment, complaint, ill(adj)
an often persistent bodily disorder or disease; a cause for complaining
affected by an impairment of normal physical or mental function
"ill from the monotony of his suffering"
resulting in suffering or adversity
"ill effects"; "it's an ill wind that blows no good"
"ill manners"; "of ill repute"
indicating hostility or enmity
"you certainly did me an ill turn"; "ill feelings"; "ill will"
ill, inauspicious, ominous(adverb)
presaging ill fortune
"ill omens"; "ill predictions"; "my words with inauspicious thunderings shook heaven"- P.B.Shelley; "a dead and ominous silence prevailed"; "a by-election at a time highly unpropitious for the Government"
ill, badly, poorly(adverb)
(`ill' is often used as a combining form) in a poor or improper or unsatisfactory manner; not well
"he was ill prepared"; "it ill befits a man to betray old friends"; "the car runs badly"; "he performed badly on the exam"; "the team played poorly"; "ill-fitting clothes"; "an ill-conceived plan"
unfavorably or with disapproval
"tried not to speak ill of the dead"; "thought badly of him for his lack of concern"
with difficulty or inconvenience; scarcely or hardly
"we can ill afford to buy a new car just now"
Trouble; distress; misfortune; adversity.
Music won't solve all the world's ills, but it can make them easier to bear.
Harm or injury.
I wouldn't want you to do me ill.
Evil; moral wrongfulness.
Sociopaths do not seem to grasp the difference between good and ill.
A physical ailment; an illness.
I am incapacitated by rheumatism and other ills.
Unfavorable remarks or opinions.
Do not speak ill of the dead.
Not well; imperfectly, badly; hardly.
Evil; wicked (of people).
Morally reprehensible (of behaviour etc.); blameworthy.
Indicative of unkind or malevolent intentions; harsh, cruel.
He suffered from ill treatment.
Unwell in terms of health or physical condition; sick.
I've been ill with the flu for the past few days.
Having an urge to vomit.
Seeing those pictures made me ill.
Sublime, with the connotation of being so in a singularly creative way. [This sense sometimes declines in AAVE as ill, comparative iller, superlative illest.]
Biggie Smalls is the illest / Your style is played out, like Arnold wonderin "Whatchu talkin bout, Willis?" u2014 Biggie Smalls, The What, 1994.
Extremely bad (bad enough to make one ill). Generally used indirectly with to be.
That band was ill.
contrary to good, in a physical sense; contrary or opposed to advantage, happiness, etc.; bad; evil; unfortunate; disagreeable; unfavorable
contrary to good, in a moral sense; evil; wicked; wrong; iniquitious; naughtly; bad; improper
sick; indisposed; unwell; diseased; disordered; as, ill of a fever
not according with rule, fitness, or propriety; incorrect; rude; unpolished; inelegant
whatever annoys or impairs happiness, or prevents success; evil of any kind; misfortune; calamity; disease; pain; as, the ills of humanity
whatever is contrary to good, in a moral sense; wickedness; depravity; iniquity; wrong; evil
in a ill manner; badly; weakly
The Ill is a river in Alsace, in north-eastern France. It is a "left-side", or western tributary of the Rhine. It starts down from its source near the village of Winkel, in the Jura mountains, with a resurgence near Ligsdorf, turns around Ferrette on its east side, and then runs northward through Alsace, flowing parallel to the Rhine. Taking apart the Largue, also coming from the Jura mountains near Illfurth, it receives several tributaries from the west bank Vosges mountains after passing through Altkirch: the Doller in Mulhouse, the Thur near Ensisheim, the Lauch in Colmar, the Fecht in Illhaeusern, the Giessen in Sélestat, the Andlau near Fegersheim, the Ehn near Geispolsheim, the Bruche next to Strasbourg and the Souffel upstream from La Wantzenau before meeting with the Rhine downstream from Gambsheim's lock. As the Ill nears the city of Mulhouse, most of its flow is diverted into a discharge channel leading to the Doller, protecting the historical center of the town from floods. Flowing through the city of Strasbourg, the river forms part of the 17th century fortifications and passes through a series of locks and channels in the picturesque old town, including the Petite-France district, where its waters were once used to power mills and tanneries.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
il, adj. (comp. worse; superl. worst) evil, bad: contrary to good: wicked: producing evil: unfortunate: unfavourable: sick: diseased: improper: incorrect: cross, as temper.—adv. not well: not rightly: with difficulty—(rare) Ill′y.—n. evil: wickedness: misfortune.—Ill, when compounded with other words, expresses badness of quality or condition, as 'ill-advised,' 'ill-affected,' 'ill-disposed,' &c.—adj. Ill′-beseem′ing (Shak.), unbecoming.—n. Ill′-blood, ill-feeling: resentment.—adjs. Ill′-bod′ing, inauspicious; Ill′-bred, badly bred or educated: uncivil.—n. Ill′-breed′ing.—adjs. Ill′-condit′ioned, in bad condition: churlish; Ill′-fat′ed, bringing ill-fortune; Ill′-faurd (Scot.), Ill′-fā′voured, ill-looking: deformed: ugly.—n. Ill′-fā′vouredness, state of being ill-favoured: deformity.—adjs. Ill′-got, -ten, procured by bad means; Ill′-haired (Scot.) cross-grained; Ill′-judged, not well judged; Ill′-look′ing, having a bad look; Ill′-manned′, insufficiently provided with men; Ill′-nā′tured, of an ill nature or temper: cross: peevish.—adv. Ill′-nā′turedly.—ns. Ill′-nā′turedness, the quality of being ill-natured; Ill′ness, sickness: disease.—adjs. Ill′-off, in bad circumstances; Ill′-ō′mened, having bad omens: unfortunate; Ill′-starred, born under the influence of an unlucky star: unlucky; Ill′-tem′pered, having a bad temper: morose: fretful: (Shak.) disordered; Ill′-timed, said or done at an unsuitable time.—v.t. Ill′-treat, to treat ill: to abuse.—n. Ill′-turn, an act of unkindness or enmity.—adj. Ill′-used, badly used or treated.—ns. Ill′-will, unkind feeling: enmity; Ill′-wish′er, one who wishes harm to another.—adj. Ill′-wrest′ing, misinterpreting to disadvantage.—Go ill with, to result in danger or misfortune; Take it ill, to be offended. [From Ice. illr, a contraction of the word which appears in A.S. yfel, evil.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'ill' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2365
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'ill' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1604
Rank popularity for the word 'ill' in Adjectives Frequency: #293
Lil, li'l, lil
The numerical value of ill in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of ill in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
I see one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clad, ill-nourished.
I consider being ill as one of the great pleasures of life, provided one is not too ill.
To think ill of mankind, and not to wish ill to them, is perhaps the highest wisdom and virtue.
He wants to admit his involvement in what was a considerably ill-conceived, ill-advised, thoughtless and insensitive drunken act.
We continue to believe that these negotiations are not about a letter that was ill-informed or ill-advised. They're about the issues at hand.
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Translations for ill
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- malaltCatalan, Valencian
- nemocný, špatnýCzech
- kvalm, syg, dårligDanish
- schlecht, übel, krankGerman
- άρρωστη, άρρωστοςGreek
- mareado, enfermo, malSpanish
- مريض, بیمارPersian
- malade, écœurée, écœuré, mal, mauvaise, mauvaisFrench
- tinnScottish Gaelic
- վատ, հիվանդArmenian
- mual, sakit, jijikIndonesian
- ავადმყოფი, სნეულიGeorgian
- 병들다, 앓다Korean
- sasirdzis, slimsLatvian
- зло, зол, болно, боленMacedonian
- misselijk, ziekDutch
- dårlig, syk, kvalmNorwegian
- zły, krzywda, chory, problem, źlePolish
- rău, bolnavRomanian
- больной, хворыйRussian
- bolestan, болестанSerbo-Croatian
- illa, illamående, sjukSwedish
- kötü, hastaTurkish
- maläd, malädikVolapük
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