\ ˈhi-lē How to pronounce hilly (audio) \
hillier; hilliest

Definition of hilly

: abounding in hills

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Bastille Day showdown Look for him in particular on Bastille Day, July 14, where a hilly leg finishes in Brioude, the home town of Bardet, who will also be keen to make an impression. Paul Gittings, CNN, "An ill wind blows the battle for yellow at the Tour de France wide open," 5 July 2019 Authorities said the fire is the Catalonia region's worst fire in two decades and 50,000 acres of hilly terrain are at risk. Fox News, "2 die, wildfire rages in Spain amid widespread heatwave," 28 June 2019 The four had been in a group out for a hike and had walked up a hilly trail bordered by vast woodlands before heading back down around lunchtime, Malone says. Hilary Shenfeld, PEOPLE.com, "Girl Scout, 11, Tragically Killed by Falling Tree in 'Freak' Accident at Indiana Campground," 25 June 2019 Training runs on hilly terrain become more about duration than distance. John Meyer, The Know, "Saturday’s Leadville Trail Marathon runners will be competing against an Olympian," 14 June 2019 Have lunch at a Buddhist nunnery, then drive to Hoi An via the spectacular Hai Van Pass, winding across the hilly coast of the South China Sea. National Geographic, "Southeast Asia Family Journey: Vietnam to Cambodia," 12 June 2019 The murder Sunday of 62-year-old Stefan Smit comes a year after residents of a black township showed up at his vineyard in the country’s world-famous Stellenbosch wine region and erected hundreds of shacks on his hilly property. Fox News, "South African farmer in land dispute shot dead by gunmen," 4 June 2019 Circe is her name, and witchery is the offense that has gotten her exiled to a remote and hilly place called Aiaia. Laura Collins-hughes, BostonGlobe.com, "It’s a man’s world — even in the myths," 20 Apr. 2018 The new machines also give a welcome assist to otherwise fit cyclists who happen to be towing a buggy loaded with kids or groceries, especially on hilly terrain. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Why electric bikes aren't always welcome on Michigan's trails," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of hilly

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of hilly

: having many hills


\ ˈhi-lē How to pronounce hilly (audio) \
hillier; hilliest

Kids Definition of hilly

: having many hills a hilly city

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