Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[il-ney-cherd] /ˈɪlˈneɪ tʃərd/
having or showing an unkindly or unpleasant disposition.
Origin of ill-natured
First recorded in 1625-35
Related forms
ill-naturedly, adverb
ill-naturedness, noun
cranky, petulant, sulky, morose, gloomy, sour. See cross.
kindly, amiable. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for ill-natured
Historical Examples
  • They would not trust my aunt without this ill-natured witness.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • Notwithstanding her action in this matter, Lisa was not an ill-natured or callous woman.

    A Zola Dictionary J. G. Patterson
  • She was surprised that anybody should be so ill-natured as he was.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope
  • She had understood well the ill-natured sarcasm of Miss Altifiorla.

    Kept in the Dark

    Anthony Trollope
  • This is an ill-natured statement to send all over the Baltic.

    Jane Austen, Her Life and Letters

    William Austen-Leigh and Richard Arthur Austen-Leigh
  • ill-natured people say that the girl's aunt threw her at Penreath's head.

    The Shrieking Pit Arthur J. Rees
  • When the Popes have nephews, people say all manner of ill-natured things.

    Miss Mackenzie

    Anthony Trollope
  • But what ground is there for the idle, ill-natured gossip that has got on the wind?

  • They behaved like ill-natured animated things, and did us all the harm they could.

  • You may be sure that what I shall say to him will not be ill-natured.

    The Fixed Period

    Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for ill-natured


naturally unpleasant and mean
Derived Forms
ill-naturedly, adverb
ill-naturedness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for ill-natured

Word Value for ill

Scrabble Words With Friends