[ il-bee-ing ]

  1. state or condition of lacking health, solvency, etc.

Origin of ill-being

First recorded in 1830–40; modeled on well-being

Words Nearby ill-being Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use ill-being in a sentence

  • For instance what on earth had possessed me to take such an interest in the well-being or ill-being of Major Sewin and his family?

    A Frontier Mystery | Bertram Mitford
  • The ill being now irremediable, to make up the dress in the cheapest manner possible was the only consolation that remained.

    Camilla | Fanny Burney
  • It is ill being prudent before experience, and wise before instruction.

    Dust | Julian Hawthorne
  • A widowed father in Emma's class is an ill being to live with.

  • So the little play would end without ill being done to her or him.

    Graham of Claverhouse | Ian Maclaren