[ il-boh-ding ]
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  1. foreboding evil; inauspicious; unlucky: ill-boding stars.

Origin of ill-boding

First recorded in 1585–95

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

How to use ill-boding in a sentence

  • Mr. Douglas shook hands with him kindly, but from under his iron-gray, bushy brows shot an ill-boding look.

    Dame Care | Hermann Sudermann
  • Houlagou did not speak for a little, and into his set face seemed to creep an ill-boding shadow of a smile.

    The Path of the King | John Buchan
  • Left to herself, Ruth hesitated before going to her father with her ill-boding tidings.

  • He too had heard this ill-boding whistle, and the report which echoed under the tilt.

  • Then you would give up this ill-boding connection, but from notions of delicacy with regard to the time?

    Cecilia, Volume 2 (of 3) | Frances (Fanny) Burney (Madame d'Arblay)