Definitions

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. brusque and surly and forbidding

Etymologies

Sorry, no etymologies found.

Examples

  • • And we suffer the usual angry exchanges in the Commons as speaker John Bercow struggles to stop the personal attacks and ill-humoured politicking.

    Diary

  • "Oh, vewy well," says Cardigan, damned ill-humoured; his voice was a mere croak, no doubt with his roupy chest, or over-boozing on his yacht.

    The Sky Writer

  • On meeting a flock of these little busybodies the most ill-humoured observer is forced to burst into laughter.

    The South Pole~ The Eastern Sledge Journey

  • Mrs Harrel declared herself unequal to following this advice, and said that her whole study was to find Mr Harrel amusement, for he was grown so ill-humoured and petulant she quite feared being alone with him.

    Cecilia

  • It is recommended that the wet-nurse, whose services are obtained for a child, should be Shia Ithna-Asheri, sane, chaste, and good looking; and it is Makrooh undesired for a wet-nurse to be a non-Shia Ithna-Asheri or ugly, ill-humoured or illegitimate.

    Friday, February 29, 2008

  • What women to live with! insincere, ill-humoured, bloodless, brainless non-entities!

    Smoke and Mirrors: Internalizing the Magic Lantern show in _Vilette_

  • She was not grateful, or ungrateful, or unkind, or ill-humoured.

    The History of Pendennis

  • Whereupon Captain Fizgig got an appointment in the colonies, and Miss Brough became more ill-humoured than ever.

    The Great Hoggarty Diamond

  • In a word, I found that Berry, like many simple fellows before him, had made choice of an imperious, ill-humoured, and underbred female for a wife, and could see with half an eye that he was a great deal too much her slave.

    Mens Wives

  • She never liked to come back to the house after she had left it, or to face the landlady who had tyrannized over her when ill-humoured and unpaid, or when pleased had treated her with a coarse familiarity scarcely less odious.

    Vanity Fair

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.