adjective Date: 1605 1. malevolent, spiteful 2. having a bad disposition ; cross, surlyill-naturedly adverb

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  • Ill-natured — Ill na tured, a. 1. Of habitual bad temper; having an unpleasant disposition; surly; disagreeable; cross; peevish; fractious; crabbed; of people; as, an ill natured person; an ill natured disagreeable old man. Opposite of {good natured}.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ill-natured — ill natured; ill natured·ly; …   English syllables

  • ill-natured — [adj] bad tempered catty, churlish, crabbed, crabby, cross, crotchety, cussed*, dirty*, disagreeable, disobliging, dyspeptic, hot tempered, ill humored, irritable, malevolent, malicious, mean, nasty, ornery*, perverse, petulant, spiteful, sulky,… …   New thesaurus

  • ill-natured — index cruel, harsh, malevolent, malicious, perverse, severe, spiteful, vicious Burton s Legal Thesaurus …   Law dictionary

  • ill-natured — adjective Cinderella s ill natured stepsisters Syn: mean, nasty, spiteful, malicious, disagreeable; poisonous, venomous, bitter; ill tempered, bad tempered, moody, irritable, irascible, surly, sullen, peevish, petulant, fractious …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • ill-natured — adjective formal unpleasant or unkind: ill natured gossip …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • ill-natured — ill′ na′tured adj. having or showing an unpleasant disposition • Etymology: 1625–35 ill′ na′tured•ly, adv. ill′ na′tured•ness, n …   From formal English to slang

  • ill-natured — ill naturedly, adv. ill naturedness, n. /il nay cheuhrd/, adj. having or showing an unkindly or unpleasant disposition. [1625 35] Syn. cranky, petulant, sulky, morose, gloomy, sour. See cross. Ant. kindly, amiable. * * * …   Universalium

  • ill-natured — adjective having an irritable and unpleasant disposition • Ant: ↑good natured • Similar to: ↑atrabilious, ↑bilious, ↑dyspeptic, ↑liverish, ↑bristly, ↑prickly, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • ill-natured — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. cross, disagreeable, surly, spiteful; see irritable , sullen . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. moody, ill tempered, contentious, ill humored, grouchy, irritable, crabby, touchy, sour, surly, waspish, cantankerous. ANT …   English dictionary for students

  • ill-natured — Synonyms and related words: bad tempered, bitter, crabbed, cranky, cross, crusty, dour, evil disposed, evil tempered, gloomy, ill affected, ill conditioned, ill disposed, ill humored, ill intentioned, ill tempered, malevolent, morose, petulant,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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