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Meaning & Definition of Ill in English

English

Ill

/ɪl/

noun

1. An often persistent bodily disorder or disease

  • A cause for complaining
    synonym:
  • ailment
  • ,
  • complaint
  • ,
  • ill

adjective

1. Affected by an impairment of normal physical or mental function

  • "Ill from the monotony of his suffering"
    synonym:
  • ill
  • ,
  • sick

2. Resulting in suffering or adversity

  • "Ill effects"
  • "It's an ill wind that blows no good"
    synonym:
  • ill

3. Distressing

  • "Ill manners"
  • "Of ill repute"
    synonym:
  • ill

4. Indicating hostility or enmity

  • "You certainly did me an ill turn"
  • "Ill feelings"
  • "Ill will"
    synonym:
  • ill

5. Presaging ill fortune

  • "Ill omens"
  • "Ill predictions"
  • "My words with inauspicious thunderings shook heaven"- p.b.shelley
  • "A dead and ominous silence prevailed"
  • "A by-election at a time highly unpropitious for the government"
    synonym:
  • ill
  • ,
  • inauspicious
  • ,
  • ominous

adverb

1. (`ill' is often used as a combining form) in a poor or improper or unsatisfactory manner

  • Not well
  • "He was ill prepared"
  • "It ill befits a man to betray old friends"
  • "The car runs badly"
  • "He performed badly on the exam"
  • "The team played poorly"
  • "Ill-fitting clothes"
  • "An ill-conceived plan"
    synonym:
  • ill
  • ,
  • badly
  • ,
  • poorly

2. Unfavorably or with disapproval

  • "Tried not to speak ill of the dead"
  • "Thought badly of him for his lack of concern"
    synonym:
  • ill
  • ,
  • badly

3. With difficulty or inconvenience

  • Scarcely or hardly
  • "We can ill afford to buy a new car just now"
    synonym:
  • ill

Examples of using

The nurse is ill.
Never speak ill of yourself; your friends will always speak enough.
Dear grandpa, remember that I had been so ill that I would die soon, and your brother, Doctor Henry, dead for so long, treated me, and I live because he was really a good doctor and a good and very kind man.