What does ill mean?

Definitions for illɪl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word ill.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ailment, complaint, ill(adj)

    an often persistent bodily disorder or disease; a cause for complaining

  2. ill, sick(adj)

    affected by an impairment of normal physical or mental function

    "ill from the monotony of his suffering"

  3. ill(adj)

    resulting in suffering or adversity

    "ill effects"; "it's an ill wind that blows no good"

  4. ill(adj)


    "ill manners"; "of ill repute"

  5. ill(adj)

    indicating hostility or enmity

    "you certainly did me an ill turn"; "ill feelings"; "ill will"

  6. 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"

  7. 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"

  8. ill, badly(adverb)

    unfavorably or with disapproval

    "tried not to speak ill of the dead"; "thought badly of him for his lack of concern"

  9. ill(adverb)

    with difficulty or inconvenience; scarcely or hardly

    "we can ill afford to buy a new car just now"


  1. Ill(Contraction)

    I will

  2. Ill(Contraction)

    I shall

  3. ill(Noun)

    Trouble; distress; misfortune; adversity.

    Music won't solve all the world's ills, but it can make them easier to bear.

  4. ill(Noun)

    Harm or injury.

    I wouldn't want you to do me ill.

  5. ill(Noun)

    Evil; moral wrongfulness.

    Sociopaths do not seem to grasp the difference between good and ill.

  6. ill(Noun)

    A physical ailment; an illness.

    I am incapacitated by rheumatism and other ills.

  7. ill(Noun)

    Unfavorable remarks or opinions.

    Do not speak ill of the dead.

  8. ill(Noun)

    PCP, phencyclidine

  9. ill(Adverb)

    Not well; imperfectly, badly; hardly.

  10. ill(Adjective)

    Evil; wicked (of people).

  11. ill(Adjective)

    Morally reprehensible (of behaviour etc.); blameworthy.

  12. ill(Adjective)

    Indicative of unkind or malevolent intentions; harsh, cruel.

    He suffered from ill treatment.

  13. ill(Adjective)

    Unwell in terms of health or physical condition; sick.

    I've been ill with the flu for the past few days.

  14. ill(Adjective)

    Having an urge to vomit.

    Seeing those pictures made me ill.

  15. ill(Adjective)

    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.

  16. ill(Adjective)

    Extremely bad (bad enough to make one ill). Generally used indirectly with to be.

    That band was ill.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ill(adj)

    contrary to good, in a physical sense; contrary or opposed to advantage, happiness, etc.; bad; evil; unfortunate; disagreeable; unfavorable

  2. Ill(adj)

    contrary to good, in a moral sense; evil; wicked; wrong; iniquitious; naughtly; bad; improper

  3. Ill(adj)

    sick; indisposed; unwell; diseased; disordered; as, ill of a fever

  4. Ill(adj)

    not according with rule, fitness, or propriety; incorrect; rude; unpolished; inelegant

  5. Ill(noun)

    whatever annoys or impairs happiness, or prevents success; evil of any kind; misfortune; calamity; disease; pain; as, the ills of humanity

  6. Ill(noun)

    whatever is contrary to good, in a moral sense; wickedness; depravity; iniquity; wrong; evil

  7. Ill(adverb)

    in a ill manner; badly; weakly


  1. Ill

    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

  1. Ill

    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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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ill' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2365

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ill' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1604

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ill' in Adjectives Frequency: #293

Anagrams for ill »

  1. Lil, li'l, lil


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ill in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ill in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Miguel de Cervantes:

    As ill-luck would have it.

  2. The Seven Sages:

    Do not speak ill of the dead.

  3. Kulp Kaljareuk:

    We never had any ill intentions.

  4. Budd Burton Moss:

    He had been ill for a long time.

  5. Ronald Primas:

    They came in looking pretty ill.

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