English dictionary

Hint: With the Firefox addon you can search this dictionary from the browsers search field.

English adjective: ill

1. ill affected by an impairment of normal physical or mental function

SamplesIll from the monotony of his suffering.


Similarafflicted, aguish, ailing, air sick, airsick, autistic, bedfast, bedrid, bedridden, bilious, bronchitic, carsick, consumptive, convalescent, delirious, diabetic, dizzy, dyspeptic, faint, feverish, feverous, funny, giddy, gouty, green, hallucinating, indisposed, laid low, laid up, light, light-headed, lightheaded, liverish, livery, milk-sick, nauseated, nauseous, palsied, paralytic, paralyzed, paraplegic, peaked, poorly, queasy, rachitic, recovering, rickety, scrofulous, seasick, seedy, sick, sick-abed, sickish, sickly, sneezy, spastic, stricken, stricken, swooning, tubercular, tuberculous, under the weather, unhealed, unwell, upset, vertiginous, woozy

See alsounfit, unhealthy


2. ill resulting in suffering or adversity

SamplesIll effects.
It's an ill wind that blows no good.



3. ill distressing

SamplesIll manners.
Of ill repute.



4. ill indicating hostility or enmity

SamplesYou certainly did me an ill turn.
Ill feelings.
Ill will.



5. ill presaging ill fortune

SamplesIll omens.
Ill predictions.
My words with inauspicious thunderings shook heaven.
A dead and ominous silence prevailed.
A by-election at a time highly unpropitious for the Government.

Synonymsinauspicious, ominous



English noun: ill

1. ill (state) an often persistent bodily disorder or disease; a cause for complaining

Synonymsailment, complaint

Broader (hypernym)disorder, upset

Narrower (hyponym)kinetosis, motion sickness, pip

English adverb: ill

1. ill (`ill' is often used as a combining form) in a poor or improper or unsatisfactory manner; not well

SamplesHe was ill prepared.
It ill befits a man to betray old friends.
The car runs badly.
He performed badly on the exam.
The team played poorly.
Ill-fitting clothes.
An ill-conceived plan.

Synonymsbadly, poorly

Domain usagecombining form

Antonymsgood, well

2. ill unfavorably or with disapproval

SamplesTried not to speak ill of the dead.
Thought badly of him for his lack of concern.



3. ill with difficulty or inconvenience; scarcely or hardly

SamplesWe can ill afford to buy a new car just now.

Based on WordNet 3.0 copyright © Princeton University.
Web design: Orcapia v/Per Bang. English edition: .
2019 onlineordbog.dk