beastly

adjective
beast·ly | \ˈbēst-lē \
beastlier; beastliest

Definition of beastly 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : relating to, characteristic of, or resembling an animal : bestial sense 1 beastly strength Their languages, with complex clicks, were once dismissed as a guttural farrago of beastly sounds.— Stephen Jay Gould

b : characterized by cruelty, brutality, or crudeness Yet this beastly little man was capable of exquisite humor and tenderness.— Edmund Morris

2 informal : extremely unpleasant, disagreeable, or undesirable beastly weather It took him ages to get the beastly stuff out of his eyes and eyebrows, and as for his beard, he had to cut most of it off.— J. R. R. Tolkien At the beastly hour of 9:40 a.m. we trudged up to our nosebleed seats, wobbling like prizefighters in the final round, for the NFL preseason game between the Chargers and the Denver Broncos …— Gary Smith

3 : monstrously large or powerful … the staging area was packed with an eclectic mix of vehicles, from humble hatchbacks to beastly trucks.— Lisa Rose Workers with acetylene torches and a beastly contraption called the "dinosaur" are chewing quickly through the rusting old railroad tunnel …— Tim O'Neill

beastly

adverb

Definition of beastly (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly British, informal : to an extreme and usually unpleasant degree "It's no good pretending it isn't an awkward situation," continued Bob, "because it is. Beastly awkward."— P. G. Wodehouse : in an unpleasant or beastly manner … an ideological predisposition to believe the Soviet Union will embrace comity if only Washington doesn't act beastly.— Woody West

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Other Words from beastly

Adjective

beastliness noun

Examples of beastly in a Sentence

Adjective

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

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Go ahead and mosh around to this beastly drop and forget your relationship woes. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Cheat Codes Find Expensive Love and Bass in 'Balenciaga' Video: Exclusive," 4 May 2018 The Kilkenny Cats, fighting and scratching at each other in fratricidal fury, are on the premises, as well as a quartet of beastly angels and Fenrir the Nordic wolf. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Lera Auerbach unveils a darkly formidable new piano work," 28 Mar. 2018 The story remains essentially the same as in Arthur Conan Doyle’s original telling, if slightly simplified: Some kind of beastly creature — presumably a supernatural canine — is killing off the Baskerville family. Matthew J. Palm, OrlandoSentinel.com, "In 'Baskervilles,' talented trio make fun look, well, elementary," 19 Oct. 2017 His beastly approach is quickly proving to be an indelible trademark in the rap game. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "NFL Star Melvin Ingram & Bzzy Team Up for New EP 'Reap What You Sow': Premiere," 25 Aug. 2017 A beastly gang has invaded America’s highways, and just about everybody loves them. Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post, "Getting someone’s goat: State officials love their work ethic when it comes to mowing highways," 21 July 2017 NBA Finals: James undaunted by beastly Warriors The Cleveland Cavaliers are underdogs in the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, but don’t tell LeBron James that. sacbee, "Sports Night: No Indy repeat for Rossi," 28 May 2017 NBA Finals: James undaunted by beastly Warriors The Cleveland Cavaliers are underdogs in the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, but don’t tell LeBron James that. Sacbee, sacbee.com, "Sports Night: No Indy repeat for Rossi," 28 May 2017 Kesler can skate, hit and play with beastly intent. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, "NHL playoffs 2017: Most entertaining individual matchups of second round," 26 Apr. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

While most are meager, a few turn beastly, exactly as was the case on Monday night. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "‘One of the most incredible sights’: Monster dust storm sweeps across Southern Arizona," 10 July 2018 From the low-end to beastly 32-core prosumer rigs, the PC world is getting really exciting again. Brendan Nystedt, WIRED, "The Best Mac Alternatives," 13 June 2018 Koepka became the first man to turn that impressive trick in nearly three decades by handling a Shinnecock Hills course that varied from beastly to benign. Washington Post, "Koepka’s golf legacy secured after 2nd straight Open win," 18 June 2018 Koepka became the first man to turn that impressive trick in nearly three decades by handling a Shinnecock Hills course that varied from beastly to benign. Barry Wilner, Houston Chronicle, "Brooks Koepka's golf legacy secured after 2nd straight US Open win," 18 June 2018 Tune in to the full video above to learn much, much more about AMD's beastly 32-core Threadripper 2. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "The Full Nerd special episode: AMD's Jim Anderson goes deep on 32-core Threadripper 2," 6 June 2018 The eggs in my hands were beastly and beautiful, and I was mystified by their existence. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Algren Award runner-up: "Lizard Lover" by Christine Vines," 2 June 2018 The Max puts out a beastly thump, with enough low end to make the neighbors think Janelle Monáe has moved in. Michael Calore, WIRED, "For the Best and Smartest Audio, Stick With Apple or Google," 28 May 2018 Ovechkin has been beastly throughout the postseason. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, "Capitals defeat Lightning in Game 7 to reach first Stanley Cup Final since 1998," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of beastly

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adverb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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beastly

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of beastly

: very unpleasant

beastly

adjective
beast·ly | \ˈbēst-lē \

Kids Definition of beastly

: very unpleasant : horrible beastly behavior

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