Synonyms for ill
- a wreck
- below par
- down with
- feeling awful
- feeling rotten
- feeling terrible
- got the bug
- laid low
- off one's feet
- on sick list
- out of sorts
- running temperature
- sick as a dog
- under the weather
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ILL
They gently raised him, bolstered him with pillows, and told him he had long been ill.
But the result was achieved only at a cost which the little party could ill sustain.
I would have no ill befall her, but I am glad to be rid of her.
He was ill, and he desired to speak with his still beloved minister.
On Monday morning she was ill, and Robin ordered her to stay in bed.
It was awful to Harriett that her father should be ill, lying there at their mercy.
And by the spring of eighteen eighty he was upstairs in his room, too ill to be moved.
The ill consequence of which it is now in your power to prevent.
But you are ill, I know you are, you are as white as a sheet.
The children of the married would be but ill cared for were there only the married to care for them!
c.1200, "morally evil" (other 13c. senses were "malevolent, hurtful, unfortunate, difficult"), from Old Norse illr "ill, bad," of unknown origin. Not related to evil. Main modern sense of "sick, unhealthy, unwell" is first recorded mid-15c., probably related to Old Norse idiom "it is bad to me." Slang inverted sense of "very good, cool" is 1980s. As a noun, "something evil," from mid-13c.