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beastly

adjective beast·ly \ ˈbēst-lē \
Updated on: 7 Apr 2018

Definition of beastly

beastlier; beastliest
1 : bestial 1
2 chiefly British : abominable, disagreeable
  • beastly weather
3 : of monstrous size
  • Besides always clambering up that beastly mountain, he loves to fish, ride, hunt.
  • —Susan Sontag

beastliness

noun

Examples of beastly in a Sentence

  1. left to shift for himself on an isolated farm, he gradually sank into a beastly, purposeless existence

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First Known Use of beastly

14th century


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beastly

adverb

Definition of beastly

: very
  • a beastly cold day

Recent Examples of beastly from the Web

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First Known Use of beastly

15th century


BEASTLY Defined for English Language Learners

beastly

Definition of beastly for English Language Learners

  • : very unpleasant


BEASTLY Defined for Kids

beastly

adjective beast·ly \ ˈbēst-lē \

Definition of beastly for Students

: very unpleasant : horrible
  • beastly behavior


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