adjective, worse, worst; ill·er, ill·est for 7.
Origin of ill
Synonyms for ill
Antonyms for ill
Related Words for illsmalady, illness, pain, ailment, sickness, abuse, misery, disease, evil, suffering, malaise, affliction, woe, trouble, disorder, infirmity, syndrome, complaint, mischief, affection
Examples from the Web for ills
Contemporary Examples of ills
“EOTS is a poster child for one of the ills of the acquisition process,” the official said.Newest U.S. Stealth Fighter ‘10 Years Behind’ Older Jets
December 26, 2014
Writ in its history are all the ills and passions of the past century.Glenn Beck Is Now Selling Hipster Clothes. Really.
Ana Marie Cox
December 20, 2014
The character-building cornerstone of American life has lately come under fire for ills ranging from racism to concussions.Has Football Jumped the Shark?
September 1, 2014
So Snowden spent the first half of his pre-taped question talking about the ills of American surveillance.Snowden’s Camp: Staged Putin Q&A Was a Screw-Up
April 21, 2014
They seem to cherish a strange, irrational notion that something in the very flow of time will cure all ills.Alex Haley’s 1965 Playboy Interview with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
January 19, 2014
Historical Examples of ills
I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless: Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.Graded Poetry: Second Year
It was and is intended by her for the stomachs of men, to cure all the ills of mankind.The Mayflower, January, 1905
Pat is more occupied with the bright present than with past ills.The Elm Tree Tales
F. Irene Burge Smith
And the soul which we behold is in a similar condition, disfigured by ten thousand ills.The Republic
My head so pillowed and a saint from Heaven ministering to my ills?Love-at-Arms
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