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[il-ney-cherd] /ˈɪlˈneɪ tʃərd/
having or showing an unkindly or unpleasant disposition.
Origin of ill-natured
Related forms
ill-naturedly, adverb
ill-naturedness, noun
cranky, petulant, sulky, morose, gloomy, sour. See cross.
kindly, amiable. Unabridged
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  • He did this whenever he had a chance, but, to do him justice, by no means in an ill-natured or bullying way.

    Sword and Gown George A. Lawrence
  • But what ground is there for the idle, ill-natured gossip that has got on the wind?

  • The black possesses a more savage nature, and, like the ill-natured in general, is never found with an ounce of fat in its body.

  • You have heard him spoken of as ill-natured, and jealous of his brother artists.

  • "They're ill-naturedill-natured and conceited," said Ethel.

    Abington Abbey Archibald Marshall
  • It was the attitude of not ill-natured contempt from which she regarded most human affairs.

    Tommy and Co. Jerome K. Jerome
  • Amy Clere was not an ill-natured girl, and her anger never lasted long.

    The King's Daughters Emily Sarah Holt
  • Notwithstanding her action in this matter, Lisa was not an ill-natured or callous woman.

    A Zola Dictionary J. G. Patterson
  • The chairman, an ill-natured man at best, was in a particularly bad humour that day.

    Resurrection Leo Tolstoy
  • She was surprised that anybody should be so ill-natured as he was.

    Is He Popenjoy? Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for ill-natured


naturally unpleasant and mean
Derived Forms
ill-naturedly, adverb
ill-naturedness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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