Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Portending evil; inauspicious.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Foreboding evil; inauspicious: unlucky.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Boding evil; inauspicious; ill-omened.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective which bodes evil, spelling bad things

Etymologies

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ill 'evil' + present participle of to bode

Examples

  • I would also mildly observe that the sound of the Cherokee at full whoop—a dark-soaring and portentous cackle, an ill-boding pressure wave like a string of distant daisy-cutters—is exceedingly pleasant.

    Jeep's Great Big Beast of Solid Grace

  • Chrysler Group LLC The sound of the Cherokee at full whoop—a dark-soaring and portentous cackle, an ill-boding pressure wave like a string of distant daisy-cutters—is exceedingly pleasant, says Mr. Neil.

    A Luxury Race Truck

  • That will put to rest all ill-boding parallels with the Smoot-Hawley tariffs and their allegedly ominous consequences.

    Dr. Vladimir A. Masch: Compensated Free Trade

  • And thus, croaking like the ravens when they anticipate pestilence, the ill-boding sibyls withdrew from the churchyard.

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • “Then you would give up this ill-boding connection, but from notions of delicacy with regard to the time?”

    Cecilia

  • 'Tis a rumour ill-boding I tell, my child; they bring me word that sentence is passed upon thy life by the Argives 'vote.

    Hecuba

  • After a short and ill-boding silence, “I mean not,” said

    Cecilia

  • 'Tis a rumour ill-boding I tell, my child; they bring me word that sentence is passed upon thy life by the Argives 'vote.

    Hecuba

  •   But — O malignant and ill-boding stars! — — First part of Henry the Sixth.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • He too had heard this ill-boding whistle, and the report which echoed under the tilt.

    In Search of the Castaways

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