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

Definition of hilly

: abounding in hills

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Located on a group of hilly islands and a corner of the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong has always been short of places to build. Austin Ramzy, New York Times, "Live in a Drainpipe? Five Extreme Ideas to Solve Hong Kong’s Housing Crisis," 26 Mar. 2018 This is the one Chevy wanted us to drive in the winding, hilly scrub above San Diego, and the RS impresses, inspiring confidence through turns where a car this tall should fear to tread. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "2019 Chevy Blazer Test Drive: What Happened When GM Tried To Make the Crossover Cool," 4 Feb. 2019 The forested exurbs, including places once thought too hilly or too dry to develop safely, have offered comparatively affordable living with jaw-dropping views. Jeffrey Ball, WSJ, "Why Californians Were Drawn Toward the Fire Zones," 7 Dec. 2018 Glidewell, who goes by his middle name Darnell, now lives off a hilly country road north of Corinth. Emily Wagster Pettus, Fox News, "1959 racial slaying of Mississippi teen could get fresh look," 21 Aug. 2018 Dumoulin clocked 40 minutes, 52 seconds over the hilly and technical 31-kilometer (19-mile) route. Andrew Dampf, Fox News, "Thomas effectively seals his 1st Tour de France title," 28 July 2018 The hilly 202-acre facility is dotted with signs for a dozen such stars, including Alvarez Road, Lee Road, McMillan Road, Perlmutter Road and Segrè Road. Melissa Korn, WSJ, "Among the Lesser-Known Nobel Prize Perks: Free Parking," 7 Oct. 2018 The shooting occurred in Squirrel Hill, a neighborhood with about a dozen synagogues where orthodox families walk to shul on its leafy, hilly streets. Sadie Gurman, WSJ, "Grieving Pittsburgh Mourns Victims of Synagogue Attack," 28 Oct. 2018 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

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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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