What is ill?

  • (adv): ('ill' is often used as a combining form) in a poor or improper or unsatisfactory manner; not well.
    Example: "He was ill prepared"; "it ill befits a man to betray old friends"; "ill-fitting clothes"; "an ill-conceived plan"
    Synonyms: badly, poorly
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "ill":

  • (adj): Resulting in suffering or adversity.
    Example: "Ill effects"; "it's an ill wind that blows no good"
  • (adv): Unfavorably or with disapproval.
    Example: "Tried not to speak ill of the dead"
    Synonyms: badly
  • (adj): Distressing.
    Example: "Ill manners"; "of ill repute"
  • (noun): An often persistent bodily disorder or disease; a cause for complaining.
    Synonyms: ailment, complaint
  • (adj): Presaging ill-fortune.
    Example: "Ill omens"; "ill predictions"
    Synonyms: inauspicious, ominous
  • (adj): Not in good physical or mental health.
    Example: "Ill from the monotony of his suffering"
    Synonyms: sick
  • (adv): With difficulty or inconvenience; scarcely or hardly.
    Example: "We can ill afford to buy a new car just now"
  • (adj): Indicating hostility or enmity.
    Example: "You certainly did me an ill turn"; "ill feelings"; "ill will"

Famous quotes containing the word ill:

    To think ill of mankind and not wish ill to them, is perhaps the highest wisdom and virtue.
    William Hazlitt (1778–1830)

    How ill this taper burns! Ha! Who comes here?
    I think it is the weakness of mine eyes
    That shapes this monstrous apparition.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    Groundless superstition ill befits an army; valor is the only deity that rules in the warrior’s breast.
    Silius Italicus (26–101)