Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In an ill-natured manner; spitefully; surlily.

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  • adverb In an ill-natured manner.

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Examples

  • And as for the fight with the other cigarette girl'they looked like a pair of hausfraus squabbling ill-naturedly over a cabbage, rather than a pair of ill-bred Spanish cats ready to take knives to each other.

    red dust

  • In speaking, he spluttered at the mouth, which was broad like that of most great talkers, — a habit which led Goupil to say, ill-naturedly, “An umbrella would be useful when listening to him,” or, “The justice rains verdicts.”

    Ursula

  • Considering how much we are all given to discuss the characters of others, and discuss them often not in the strictest spirit of charity, it is singular how little we are inclined to think that others can speak ill-naturedly of us, and how angry and hurt we are when proof reaches us that they have done so.

    Barchester Towers

  • He was a widower, living in a luxurious villa at Fulham with a family, not indeed grown up, as Lady Monogram had ill-naturedly said, but which would be grown up before long, varying from an eldest son of eighteen, who had just been placed at a desk in the office, to the youngest girl of twelve, who was at school at Brighton.

    The Way We Live Now

  • Some of those standing by laughed — in fact every one present did so, but probably it was my own figure or the incident of my shoes — more particularly the latter — that excited merriment, for I am sure it was not meant ill-naturedly.

    Poor Folk

  • Conan grunted ill-naturedly and started to arise again, but he thought better of it as the road began to drop steeply down a rocky hill and into a narrow, grassy glen.

    Conan The Warlord

  • Conan grunted ill-naturedly and started to arise again, but he thought better of it as the road began to drop steeply down a rocky hill and into a narrow, grassy glen.

    Conan The Warlord

  • "You mean a man who is fat," said Konev ill-naturedly.

    Destination Brain

  • I fancied, toward the last, that the clerks all knew my business the moment I opened the door, and that they winked ill-naturedly at my discomfiture as I passed out.

    Choice Readings for the Home Circle

  • This was said not ill-naturedly, but in that quiet jeering tone which was almost habitual with Platzoff.

    The Argosy Vol. 51, No. 4, April, 1891

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