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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having a bad look; threatening; ugly. See Note under ill, adv.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having a bad look or appearance; ugly; uncomely.

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Examples

  • An ill-looking Mr. Layton, who was already in remission from prostate cancer, shocked the nation Monday with the revelation that he had been diagnosed with another, unspecified cancer, nearly three months after leading the NDP to its best-ever performance in a federal election.

    Canada's NDP Names Interim Chief

  • I then moved forward, and a murmuring sound arose from the crowd as they followed and surrounded me; when an ill-looking man approaching, tapped me on the shoulder, and said,

    Chapter 20

  • I then moved forward, and a murmuring sound arose from the crowd as they followed and surrounded me; when an ill-looking man approaching, tapped me on the shoulder, and said, "Come, Sir, you must follow me to Mr. Kirwin's, to give an account of yourself."

    Chapter 3

  • Someone called animal management and reported an ill-looking cat with a lot of missing hair walking along the street.

    Prince George's County Animal Watch

  • Animal management received a report of an ill-looking raccoon sitting still in front of a residence's front gate.

    Prince George's County Animal Watch

  • It is a disease which always makes its first attack on . . . the inferior part of the scrotum; where it produces a superficial, painful, ragged, ill-looking sore, with hard and rising edges. . .

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • In Georgian England, sweeps and climbing-boys were regarded as general cesspools of disease—dirty, consumptive, syphilitic, pox-ridden—and a “ragged, ill-looking sore,” easily attributed to some sexually transmitted illness, was usually treated with a toxic mercury-based chemical and otherwise shrugged off.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • Not at all an ill-looking man, and surely no more than twenty-seven or twenty-eight years old.

    A Caregiver's Homage To The Very Old

  • Meanwhile, here's Michael with equally ill-looking Halloween friends -- kid's the one with the skeletal chest that got all phlegmed up this week...

    EXTENDING DEADLINE FOR GALATEA RESURRECTS

  • There they met an ill-looking man clad in a buff jerkin, who bore at his girdle a bunch of rusted keys, which intimated the nature of his calling.

    Anne of Geierstein

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