adjective, worse, worst; ill·er, ill·est for 7.
Origin of ill
Synonyms for ill
Antonyms for ill
Origin of ill.
Related Words for illwoozy, diseased, infirm, ailing, afflicted, poorly, malady, illness, pain, ailment, sickness, abuse, misery, disease, evil, suffering, malaise, affliction, woe, trouble
Examples from the Web for ill
Contemporary Examples of ill
They had rarely seen their own fathers carry small children unless their mothers were ill.How Good Dads Can Change the World
Gary Barker, PhD, Michael Kaufman
January 6, 2015
David Prowse, the actor who portrayed Darth Vader, wished to come back but had to turn down the role because of ill health.Juiciest ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Rumors (and Some Debunked Ones)
January 3, 2015
Alice wore a black nylon rain jacket that looked as if it was ill prepared to deal with the coming chill.The Wildly Peaceful, Human, Almost Boring, Ultimately Great New York City Protests for Eric Garner
December 8, 2014
The more I become dissipated, ill, a broken pitcher, the more I too become a creative artist in that great revival of art.Decoding Vincent Van Gogh’s Tempestuous, Fragile Mind
December 7, 2014
He was way too ill to visit the set and all that, but was very curious about the film.Idris Elba on Eric Garner, ‘Mi Mandela,’ and Selling Weed to Dave Chappelle
December 6, 2014
Historical Examples of ill
They gently raised him, bolstered him with pillows, and told him he had long been ill.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
But the result was achieved only at a cost which the little party could ill sustain.Explorations in Australia
I would have no ill befall her, but I am glad to be rid of her.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
He was ill, and he desired to speak with his still beloved minister.
On Monday morning she was ill, and Robin ordered her to stay in bed.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
adjective worse or worst
Word Origin for ill
c.1200, "morally evil" (other 13c. senses were "malevolent, hurtful, unfortunate, difficult"), from Old Norse illr "ill, bad," of unknown origin. Not related to evil. Main modern sense of "sick, unhealthy, unwell" is first recorded mid-15c., probably related to Old Norse idiom "it is bad to me." Slang inverted sense of "very good, cool" is 1980s. As a noun, "something evil," from mid-13c.
early 13c., "to do evil to," from ill (adj.). Meaing "to speak disparagingly" is from 1520s. Related: Illed; illing.
c.1200, "wickedly; with hostility;" see ill (adj.). Meaning "not well, poorly" is from c.1300. It generally has not shifted to the realm of physical sickess, as the adjective has done. Ill-fated recorded from 1710; ill-informed from 1824; ill-tempered from c.1600; ill-starred from c.1600. Generally contrasted with well, hence the useful, but now obsolete or obscure illcome (1570s), illfare (c.1300), and illth.
In addition to the idioms beginning with ill
- ill at ease
- ill wind that blows no one any good, it's an
, also see under
- get sick