hillier; hilliest
: abounding in hills

Examples of hilly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That is especially true in places like Hong Kong, where the island’s hilly terrain also means a lack of flat land to build homes on. Kimberley Mok, Treehugger, 12 Sep. 2023 However, the only thing that could take my mind off of the scenic nature views was the disbelief that my feet didn't ache — even after trekking over the hilly and elevated parts of the course. Adrienne Jordan, Travel + Leisure, 6 Sep. 2023 But states take place at Hereford High School, one of the more northern schools in the state with a hilly course that provides a challenge a lot of runners don’t see in their normal practice routes. Anthony Maluso, Baltimore Sun, 3 Sep. 2023 Mizoram is a hilly, mountainous state near India’s border with Bangladesh and Myanmar. Manveena Suri, CNN, 23 Aug. 2023 Yet many residents know their homes still face threats from future storms in this hilly, mudslide-prone city. Connor Sheets, Los Angeles Times, 22 Aug. 2023 Golden Age icons like Carole Lombard, Carmen Miranda, Rudolph Valentino, Ronald Reagan, and Charlie Chaplin all resided in the hilly enclave, as have modern-day film and TV stars Ellen Pompeo, Busy Philipps, Rachel Bilson, and Ginnifer Goodwin. Mark David, Robb Report, 10 Aug. 2023 Through testing across several 45-minute hikes per week, the shoes held up nicely—even when subjected to hilly Vermont terrain—with little sign of wear and tear. Samson McDougall, Health, 4 Aug. 2023 By the 29th day, Kam was able to travel 157 miles from home to Newman, Calif., and capture a photo of hilly terrain with a cellphone tower in the distance. Sydney Page, Washington Post, 22 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hilly was in the 14th century

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“Hilly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hilly. Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


hillier; hilliest
: having many hills
a hilly city

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