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Ill

adjective; clipping
An expression of approval synonymous with the slang term “cool.” By the way the contestant was using the expression as well as the enthusiasm he exposed, the word “ill” seems to be another way of saying, “That’s cool!” Ill, here, does not have a negative connotation, as in being sick. Instead, ill is a form of approval. My prediction is that the word must have been a clipping of the word “chill,” which can also mean “cool.” I have heard many of my friends express their emotions at pleasant news or situations with, “Yo, that’s chill!” On the other hand, it can also be a clipping of the word “skill” since I have heard it numerous times on the street basketball court. When a player shows up an opponent and finishes the basket, many players would agree that the move (or player) was “ill.”
 
A team was trying to get a group of people to go out into the streets and market a certain product. “We can get 60 people for tomorrow. That’s the illest! Mmmph, *mumbling* that’s ill.”
Source : A contestant on the show “The Apprentice”
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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