1. angry, frustrated; of an animal, vicious.
|A Journey Through Texas 78: ‘Ill,’ for ‘vicious.’ ‘Is your dog ill?’.|
|DN III:i 83: ill, adj. Cross ‘The dog’s ill’.‘Words from Northwest Arkansas’ in|
|Campus Sl. Mar. 4: ill – angry, annoyed.|
|Ebonics Primer at www.dolemite.com [Internet] ill Definition: to be ugly, fucked up or wrong. Example: Yo son, hoe be ill, you best ditch da bitch.|
|UNC-CH Campus Sl. 2011 6: ILL — rude, angry, in a bad mood: ‘Nicholas was ill all day after his fight with Courtney’ .(ed.)|
2. aggressive, offensive, bad.
|‘Rapper’s Delight’ [lyrics] A time to break and a time to chill / to act civilized or act real ill.|
|‘Heartbeat’ [lyrics] Try to get ill and serve you boy.|
|‘Murder Ink’ [lyrics] Resume the wifey boo shit, cause yo my man don’t know / that his bitch is straight ill, servin ass with fo’fo’.|
|Guardian Guide 1–6 Jan. 17: You gotta name pit bulls ill names like Killer or Bitch. Call it Daisy? Not a pit bull.|
3. (also illy) on the bad = good model, wonderful, first-rate.
|‘My Posse’ [lyrics] Crenshaw is where I chill, / Never ever sick but always ill.|
|‘.357 – Break It On Down’ [lyrics] Illy ill fire-starter hittin harder than King Kong.|
|‘Baby Phife’s Return’ [lyrics] Represent the Zulu Nation with illy rap creations.|
|Source Oct. 22: Bone has [...] proved themselves to be the illest and most unique rap group out today.|
|Portable Promised Land (ms.) 161: We Words (My Favorite Things) [...] Baad. Ill. Dope.|
|‘After School’ [lyrics] Body so illy she make a grown man silly.|
|Dirty South 52: His older brother’s got an ill ride.|
|This Is How You Lose Her 97: My brother had never been the most rational of agents but this one was the ill zinger.|
|Campus Sl. Apr.|
(US teen) an all-purpose denunciation of an object or activity.
|MySpace.com 9 July [Internet] Wut! That’s so ill! Congrats.|
SE in slang uses
ninepence (a coin).
|Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Ill fortune c. a Nine-pence.|
|New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].|
|, , ,||Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].|
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
see separate entry.
see under piece n.