- illill1 [il]adj.worse, worst [ME < ON illr (replacing OE yfel, evil, in many senses): prob. < Gmc * ilhila < IE base * elk-, hungry, bad > OIr elc, bad]1. characterized by, causing, or tending to cause harm or evil; specif.,a) morally bad or wrong; evil [ill repute]b) causing pain, hardship, etc.; adverse [ill fortune]c) not kind or friendly; harsh; cruel [ill will]d) promising trouble; unfavorable; unfortunate; unpropitious [an ill omen]2. not healthy, normal, or well; having a disease; sick; indisposed3. not according to rule, custom, desirability, etc.; faulty; imperfect [ill breeding]n.anything causing harm, trouble, wrong, pain, unhappiness, etc.; specif.,a) an evil or misfortuneb) a diseaseadv.worse, worst1. in an ill manner; specif.,a) badly; wrongly; improperly; imperfectly [ill-gotten gains]b) harshly; cruelly; unkindly [ill-spoken]2. with difficulty; scarcely [they can ill afford to refuse]SYN.- BAD1, SICK1——————go ill withto be unfortunate for or unfavorable to——————ill at easeuneasy; uncomfortable——————take illto be annoyed or offended atill2abbrev.1. illustrated2. illustration3. illustrator
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.