Synonyms of ill in English:

ill


See definition of ill

adjective

1‘Mama was seriously ill’

SYNONYMS

unwell, sick, not well, not very well, ailing, poorly, sickly, peaky, afflicted, indisposed, infirm, liverish

out of sorts, not oneself, not in good shape, not up to par, below par, under par, bad, in a bad way

bedridden, invalided, on the sick list, valetudinarian

queasy, nauseous, nauseated

weak, feeble, frail

diseased, infected

British off colour

informal under the weather, not up to snuff, laid up, dicky, funny, peculiar, iffy, crummy, lousy, rough, groggy, green about the gills, at death's door, like death warmed up

British informal ropy, grotty

Scottish informal wabbit

Australian NZ informal crook

vulgar slang crappy

dated queer, seedy

ANTONYMS

well, healthy

2‘the ill effects of tobacco smoke’

SYNONYMS

harmful, damaging, detrimental, deleterious, adverse, injurious, hurtful, destructive, pernicious, inimical, dangerous, ruinous, calamitous, disastrous, malign, malignant

unhealthy, unwholesome, poisonous, noxious, cancerous

literary malefic, maleficent, nocuous, baneful

ANTONYMS

good, beneficial

3‘the ill feeling between him and the Woodvilles’

SYNONYMS

hostile, antagonistic, acrimonious, inimical, antipathetic, poisonous

belligerent, bellicose, aggressive, pugnacious, truculent, contentious

unfriendly, unkind, unsympathetic, harsh, cruel

rancorous, resentful, spiteful, malicious, vindictive, vitriolic, malevolent, bitter, mean, nasty

informal bitchy, catty

ANTONYMS

friendly, warm

4‘a bird of ill omen’

SYNONYMS

unlucky, adverse, unfavourable, unfortunate, unpropitious, inauspicious, unpromising, infelicitous, bad, gloomy

threatening, menacing, ominous, sinister, disturbing, dire, evil, baleful, forbidding, portentous

archaic direful

rare minatory, minacious

ANTONYMS

auspicious

5‘the ill manners of her spouse’

SYNONYMS

rude, discourteous, unmannerly, impolite

bad, objectionable, unpleasant, disagreeable

impertinent, insolent, impudent, audacious, uncivil, disrespectful, churlish, crass, ungracious, graceless, boorish

informal ignorant

ANTONYMS

good, polite

6‘the ill management of their finances’

SYNONYMS

bad, poor, unsatisfactory, incompetent, unacceptable, inadequate, deficient, defective, faulty, unskilful, inexpert, amateurish

ANTONYMS

good, competent


adverb

1‘it ill became the king to behave as a vassal’

SYNONYMS

poorly, badly, imperfectly

wrongly, unsuccessfully

ANTONYMS

well

2‘the look on her face boded ill for anyone who crossed her path’

SYNONYMS

unfavourably, adversely, badly, unhappily, inauspiciously

ANTONYMS

well, auspiciously

3‘he can ill afford the loss of income’

SYNONYMS

barely, scarcely, hardly, just, only just, just possibly, narrowly

with difficulty, only with effort

British informal at a push

ANTONYMS

easily

4‘if things go ill, it's all over’

SYNONYMS

badly, adversely, unsuccessfully, unfavourably

unfortunately, unluckily, hard, inauspiciously

ANTONYMS

well, according to plan

5‘we are ill prepared for floods’

SYNONYMS

inadequately, unsatisfactorily, insufficiently, imperfectly, deficiently, defectively, poorly, badly, negligently

ANTONYMS

well, satisfactorily


noun

1‘the government had failed to cure many of society's ills’

SYNONYMS

problems, troubles, difficulties, misfortunes, strains, trials, tribulations, trials and tribulations, worries, anxieties, concerns

pain, suffering, hardship, misery, woe, affliction, distress, disquiet, malaise

informal headaches, probs, hassles

archaic travails

"ills"

2‘he wished them no ill’

SYNONYMS

harm, hurt, injury, damage, mischief, pain, trouble, unpleasantness, misfortune, grievance, suffering, distress, anguish, trauma, grief

3‘the body's ills’

SYNONYMS

illnesses, ill health, poor health

ailments, disorders, complaints, afflictions, sicknesses, diseases, maladies, infirmities, indispositions

infections, contagions

"ills"

Phrases

    ill at ease

      ‘he looked ill at ease in morning dress’

      SYNONYMS

      awkward, uneasy, uncomfortable, self-conscious, out of place, unnatural, inhibited, gauche, strained

      embarrassed, shy, bashful, blushing, retiring, shrinking

      unsure, uncertain, unsettled, hesitant, faltering

      restless, restive, fidgety, unrelaxed, disquieted, disturbed, discomfited, troubled, worried, anxious, on edge, edgy, nervous, tense, on tenterhooks

      apprehensive, distrustful

      British

      nervy

      informal

      fazed, discombobulated, twitchy, on pins and needles, jittery

      North American informal

      antsy

      rare

      unquiet

      ANTONYMS

      at ease, comfortable

    speak ill of

      ‘nobody wants to speak ill of the dead’

      SYNONYMS

      denigrate, disparage, cast aspersions on, criticize, be critical of, speak badly of, speak of with disfavour, be unkind about, be malicious about, be spiteful towards, blacken the name of, blacken the character of, besmirch, run down, insult, abuse, attack, slight, revile, malign, vilify

      North American

      slur

      informal

      bad-mouth, slate, bitch about, do a hatchet job on, pull to pieces, sling mud at, throw mud at, drag through the mud, drag someone's name through the mud

      British informal

      rubbish, slag off, have a go at, have a pop at

      rare

      asperse, derogate, vilipend, vituperate

      ANTONYMS

      compliment, extol