ill-gotten

adjective
ill-got·​ten | \ ˈil-ˈgä-tᵊn How to pronounce ill-gotten (audio) \

Definition of ill-gotten

: acquired by illicit or improper means ill-gotten gains

First Known Use of ill-gotten

1552, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About ill-gotten

Time Traveler for ill-gotten

Time Traveler

The first known use of ill-gotten was in 1552

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near ill-gotten

ill-given

ill-gotten

illguide

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for ill-gotten

Cite this Entry

“Ill-gotten.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ill-gotten. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for ill-gotten

ill-gotten

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of ill-gotten

: obtained in a dishonest or illegal way

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet pasta spelling help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!