from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Not healthy; sick: I began to feel ill last week.
- adj. Not normal; unsound: an ill condition of body and mind.
- adj. Resulting in suffering; harmful or distressing: the ill effects of a misconceived policy.
- adj. Resulting from or suggestive of evil intentions: ill deeds committed out of spite.
- adj. Ascribing an objectionable quality: holds an ill view of that political group.
- adj. Hostile or unfriendly: ill feeling between rivals.
- adj. Harmful; pernicious: the ill effects of a misconceived policy.
- adj. Not favorable; unpropitious: ill predictions.
- adj. Not measuring up to recognized standards of excellence, as of behavior or conduct.
- adv. In a sickly or unsound manner; not well.
- adv. Scarcely or with difficulty.
- n. Evil; sin.
- n. Disaster, distress, or harm.
- n. Something that causes suffering; trouble: the social ills of urban life.
- n. Something that reflects in an unfavorable way on one: Please don't speak ill of me when I'm gone.
- idiom ill at ease Anxious or unsure; uneasy: The stranger made me feel ill at ease.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Extremely bad (bad enough to make one ill). Generally used indirectly with to be.
- adv. Not well; imperfectly, badly; hardly.
- n. Trouble; distress; misfortune; adversity.
- n. Harm or injury.
- n. Evil; moral wrongfulness.
- n. A physical ailment; an illness.
- n. Unfavorable remarks or opinions.
- n. PCP, phencyclidine
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Contrary to good, in a physical sense; contrary or opposed to advantage, happiness, etc.; bad; evil; unfortunate; disagreeable; unfavorable.
- adj. Contrary to good, in a moral sense; evil; wicked; wrong; iniquitious; naughtly; bad; improper.
- adj. Sick; indisposed; unwell; diseased; disordered.
- adj. Not according with rule, fitness, or propriety; incorrect; rude; unpolished; inelegant.
- n. Whatever annoys or impairs happiness, or prevents success; evil of any kind; misfortune; calamity; disease; pain.
- n. Whatever is contrary to good, in a moral sense; wickedness; depravity; iniquity; wrong; evil.
- adv. In a ill manner; badly; weakly.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Inherently bad or evil; of pernicious quality or character; vicious; wicked; malevolent.
- Causing evil or harm; baneful; mischievous; pernicious; deleterious: as, it is an ill wind that blows nobody good.
- Marked or attended by evil or suffering; disastrous; wretched; miserable: as, an ill fate; an ill ending.
- Of bad import, bearing, or aspect; threatening; forbidding; harsh; inimical: as, ill news travels fast; an ill countenance.
- In a bad or disordered state morally; unbalanced; cross; crabbed; unfriendly; unpropitious; hostile: as, ill nature; ill temper; ill feeling; ill will.
- In a disordered state physically; diseased; impaired: as, to be ill of a fever; to be taken ill; ill health.
- Not proper; not legitimate or polite; rude; unpolished: as, ill manners; ill breeding.
- Unskilful; inexpert: as, I am ill at reckoning.
- n. Evil; wrong; wickedness; depravity.
- n. Misfortune; calamity; adversity; disaster; disease; pain.
- n. Anything that is discreditable or injurious.
- Badly; imperfectly; unfavorably; unfortunately.
- Not easily; with hardship, pain, or difficulty: as, he is ill able to bear the loss.
- To do evil to; harm; injure.
- To slander; defame.
- n. Abbreviations of Illinois.
- n. Abbreviations of illustrated or of illustration.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. affected by an impairment of normal physical or mental function
- adj. resulting in suffering or adversity
- adv. with difficulty or inconvenience; scarcely or hardly
- adv. (`ill' is often used as a combining form) in a poor or improper or unsatisfactory manner; not well
- adj. distressing
- n. an often persistent bodily disorder or disease; a cause for complaining
- adj. presaging ill fortune
- adv. unfavorably or with disapproval
- adj. indicating hostility or enmity
Middle English, from Old Norse īllr, bad.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English ille ‘evil, wicked’, from Old Norse illr (adj.), illa (adv.), ilt (noun) (whence Danish ild), from Proto-Germanic *elhilaz, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁elḱ- (whence Latin ulcus ‘sore’, Ancient Greek hélkos ‘wound, ulcer’, Sanskrit árśas ‘hemorrhoids’). (Wiktionary)