ill

ill
[[t]ɪl[/t]]
adj. worse, worst, n. adv.
1) pat of unsound physical or mental health; unwell; sick
2) objectionable; faulty:
ill manners[/ex]
3) hostile; unkindly:
ill feeling[/ex]
4) evil; wicked:
of ill repute[/ex]
5) unfavorable; adverse:
ill fortune[/ex]
6) of inferior worth or ability
7) an unfavorable opinion or statement:
I can speak no ill of her[/ex]
8) harm or injury:
His remarks did much ill[/ex]
9) trouble; misfortune:
Many ills befell him[/ex]
10) evil:
the difference between good and ill[/ex]
11) pat sickness; disease
12) unsatisfactorily; poorly:
It ill befits a man to betray old friends[/ex]
13) in a hostile or unfriendly manner
14) unfavorably; unfortunately
15) with displeasure or offense
16) faultily; improperly
17) with difficulty or inconvenience:
an expense we can ill afford[/ex]
Etymology: 1150–1200; < ON illr ill, bad syn: 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 usu. 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.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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