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ill

[ il ]
/ ɪl /
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adjective, worse, worst;ill·er, ill·est for 7.
noun
adverb
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Idioms about ill

    ill at ease, socially uncomfortable; nervous: They were ill at ease because they didn't speak the language.

Origin of ill

1150–1200; Middle English ill(e) (noun and adj.) <Old Norse illr (adj.) ill, bad

synonym study for ill

1. Ill, sick mean being in bad health, not being well. Ill is the more formal word. In the U.S. the two words are used practically interchangeably except that sick is always used when the word modifies the following noun: He looks sick ( ill ); a sick person. In England, sick is not interchangeable with ill, but usually has the connotation of nauseous: She got sick and threw up. sick, however, is used before nouns just as in the U.S.: a sick man.

grammar notes for ill

See well1.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH ill

ill , sick (see synonym study at the current entry)

Other definitions for ill (2 of 4)

I'll
[ ahyl ]
/ aɪl /

contraction of I will.

usage note for I'll

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH I'll

aisle, I'll , isle

Other definitions for ill (3 of 4)

ill.

abbreviation
illustrated.
illustration.
illustrator.
most illustrious.

Origin of ill.

(def. 4) <Latin illustrissimus

Other definitions for ill (4 of 4)

Ill.

abbreviation
Illinois.
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British Dictionary definitions for ill (1 of 3)

ill
/ (ɪl) /

adjective worse or worst
noun
adverb

Word Origin for ill

C11 (in the sense: evil): from Old Norse illr bad

British Dictionary definitions for ill (2 of 3)

I'll
/ (aɪl) /

contraction of
I will or I shall

British Dictionary definitions for ill (3 of 3)

Ill.

abbreviation for
Illinois
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Other Idioms and Phrases with ill

ill

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