1. [ adjective ] (medicine) not in good physical or mental health
Synonyms: sick

"ill from the monotony of his suffering"

Related terms: well nauseated afflicted ailing ailing faint laid_up bedfast bedfast faint dizzy bilious bronchitic aguish laid_low feverish funny gouty menstruating convalescent consumptive sneezy scrofulous spastic tubercular diabetic delirious upset unhealed air_sick dyspeptic airsick green unhealthy unfit
2. [ adverb ] (`ill' is often used as a combining form) in a poor or improper or unsatisfactory manner; not well
Synonyms: poorly badly

"he was ill prepared" "the car runs badly" "he performed badly on the exam" "the team played poorly" "ill-fitting clothes" "an ill-conceived plan"

Related terms: well combining_form mediocre mediocre
3. [ noun ] a state of adversity (danger or affliction or need)
Synonyms: trouble distress

"a ship in distress" "she was the classic maiden in distress"

Related terms: adversity anguish pressure throe
4. [ adjective ] distressing

"ill manners" "of ill repute"

Related terms: bad
5. [ adjective ] resulting in suffering or adversity

"ill effects" "it's an ill wind that blows no good"

Related terms: harmful
6. [ adverb ] unfavorably or with disapproval
Synonyms: badly

"tried not to speak ill of the dead" "thought badly of him for his lack of concern"

Related terms: well unfavorable unfavorable
7. [ adverb ] with difficulty or inconvenience; scarcely or hardly

"we can ill afford to buy a new car just now"

8. [ adjective ] indicating hostility or enmity

"you certainly did me an ill turn" "ill feelings" "ill will"

Related terms: hostile
9. [ adjective ] presaging ill-fortune
Synonyms: ominous inauspicious

"ill omens" "ill predictions" "my words with inauspicious thunderings shook heaven"- P.B.Shelley "a dead and ominous silence prevailed" "a by-election at a time highly unpropitious for the Government"

Related terms: unpropitious
10. [ noun ] (medicine) an often persistent bodily disorder or disease; a cause for complaining
Synonyms: ailment complaint
Related terms: disorder pip motion_sickness afflict
Similar spelling:   Illa