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[hil-ee] /ˈhɪl i/
adjective, hillier, hilliest.
full of hills; having many hills; hilly country.
resembling a hill; elevated; steep.
Origin of hilly
1350-1400; Middle English; Old English hyllīc. See hill, -y1
Related forms
hilliness, noun
unhilly, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The road was crooked and hilly, and the sand in its ruts was deep.

    The Woman-Haters Joseph C. Lincoln
  • This disappearance of streams in hilly regions is not unusual.

  • The roads now became rough and hilly, and the travelling much slower.

    Australia Revenged Boomerang
  • Between these armies the land was rough and hilly, part of it covered with forests.

    Rodney, the Ranger John V. Lane
  • These hilly bogs are extremely different from any I have seen in England.

    A Tour in Ireland Arthur Young
Word Origin and History for hilly

late 14c., from hill + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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