Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

2017 Word of the Year

illness

[il-nis] /ˈɪl nɪs/
noun
1.
unhealthy condition; poor health; indisposition; sickness.
2.
Obsolete. wickedness.
Origin of illness
1490-1500
First recorded in 1490-1500; ill + -ness
Synonyms
1. ailment, affliction, infirmity.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for illness
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • That was the beginning of her illness, February, eighteen eighty-three.

  • illness has always been a great source of fear, and still is.

  • She would presume that he must go home after such an illness: the result she would wait!

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • I have not dared tell them of your marriage—only of your illness.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • He seemed in his illness to love everybody more than even while he was well.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for illness

illness

/ˈɪlnɪs/
noun
1.
a disease or indisposition; sickness
2.
a state of ill health
3.
(obsolete) wickedness
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 Origin and History for illness
n.

"disease, sickness," 1680s, from ill + -ness. Earlier it meant "bad moral quality" (c.1500).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
illness in Medicine

illness ill·ness (ĭl'nĭs)
n.
Disease of body or mind; poor health; sickness.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for illness

Word Value for illness

7
10
Scrabble Words With Friends