[ ee-vuhl ]
/ ˈi vəl /




in an evil manner; badly; ill: It went evil with him.

Nearby words

  1. evident,
  2. evidential,
  3. evidentially,
  4. evidentiary,
  5. evidently,
  6. evil eye,
  7. evil one,
  8. evil twin,
  9. evil-minded,
  10. evildoer


    the evil one, the devil; Satan.

Origin of evil

before 900; Middle English evel, evil, Old English yfel; cognate with Gothic ubils, Old High German ubil, German übel, Old Frisian, Middle Dutch evel

Related forms

Synonym study

1. See bad1.

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/ (ˈiːvəl) /




(now usually in combination) in an evil manner; badlyevil-smelling
Derived Formsevilly, adverbevilness, noun

Word Origin for evil

Old English yfel, of Germanic origin; compare Old Frisian evel, Old High German ubil evil, Old Irish adbal excessive

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