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[hil-ee] /ˈhɪl i/
adjective, hillier, hilliest.
full of hills; having many hills; hilly country.
resembling a hill; elevated; steep.
Origin of hilly
1350-1400; Middle English; Old English hyllīc. See hill, -y1
Related forms
hilliness, noun
unhilly, adjective Unabridged
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  • A letter-carrier will cover thirty-five miles of hilly road as an ordinary day's march, and more if haste is enjoined.

    The Fijians Basil Thomson
  • The road was crooked and hilly, and the sand in its ruts was deep.

    The Woman-Haters Joseph C. Lincoln
  • A biting wind swept them, as they turned to force their way along the foot of the hilly ground.

    Under the Chinese Dragon F. S. Brereton
  • This disappearance of streams in hilly regions is not unusual.

  • The flat miles of marsh land looked strange to me after hilly, toilsome Jethou.

    Jethou E. R. Suffling
Word Origin and History for hilly

late 14c., from hill + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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