\ˈhi-lē \
hillier; hilliest

Definition of hilly 

: abounding in hills

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That portion consists of a 16-mile loop on hilly roads near the Washington/St. Kim Chatelain, NOLA.com, "Tour de Louisiane bike race set for this weekend in St. Tammany," 4 June 2018 The fire is in hilly terrain just north of the Santa Margarita River, an area tough for ground crews to reach. Teri Figueroa, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Crews battling 15-acre fire in Fallbrook," 5 June 2018 The challenging course begins downtown and features hilly stretches through Iroquois Park and a scenic pass through historic Churchill Downs. Marty Pearl, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon take over downtown Louisville's streets," 28 Apr. 2018 The Cameroonian kids, who have never been outside their country, were dizzy with excitement as word of their good fortune pinballed around their hilly neighborhood. Ronnie Polaneczky, Philly.com, "Four Cameroonian teens are 'almost inconsolable' after being denied access to Philly basketball camp | Ronnie Polaneczky," 11 July 2018 Residents of the hilly neighborhoods surrounding the famed Hollywood sign — the symbol of Los Angeles’ signature industry — have long blamed the attraction for worsening traffic, parking nightmares and disruptive tourists. Ryan Faughnder, latimes.com, "Warner Bros. wants to build a $100-million aerial tramway to the Hollywood sign," 10 July 2018 His property, at the wooded edge of his hilly neighborhood, seems too easy of a mark. Joe Robertson, kansascity, "Kansas City's gun theft 'victims' are arming criminals — and getting away with it," 1 July 2018 There also were 140 head of livestock and horses on his hilly property that, as one crack spidered into many, were threatened by gas and fire. Scott Wilson, Washington Post, "The earth cracked open. Walls of lava encroached. That’s just life on a Hawaiian volcano.," 19 May 2018 There also were 140 head of livestock and horses on his hilly property that, as one crack spidered into many, were threatened by gas and fire. Scott Wilson, chicagotribune.com, "The earth cracked open. Lava filled the streets. For Hawaiians, that's just the price of paradise.," 19 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 \
hillier; hilliest

Kids Definition of hilly

: having many hills a hilly city

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one that holds something together

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