beastly

adjective
beast·​ly | \ ˈbēst-lē How to pronounce beastly (audio) \
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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Back here on Earth, an image of this beastly beauty is perhaps the most famous shots ever snapped by the Hubble Space Telescope in its almost 30 years of operation. Popular Science, 14 Apr. 2020 The Serengeti is one of the world's greatest lion lairs, with around 2,800 beastly kings marauding about the 5,700-square-mile park. Allie Morris, Dallas News, 13 Apr. 2020 There are some beastly devices out there that max out at 4TB or 5TB—that will be necessary for some, but those drives also necessitate higher prices. Valentina Palladino And Jim Salter, Ars Technica, 20 Feb. 2020 Same with Thompson, who continues to increase his price with beastly performances and invaluable leadership. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 11 Jan. 2020 In this live-action re-imagining of the fairy tale, a young woman takes her father’s place as prisoner in a beast’s castle, only to fall in love with her beastly captor, who turns out to be a prince. Los Angeles Times, 4 Oct. 2019 But Nadal’s triumph confirms his standing as one of the most beastly players in the history of men’s tennis. Kevin Craft, The Atlantic, 9 Sep. 2019 Lion country The Serengeti is one of the world’s greatest lion lairs, with around 2,800 beastly kings marauding about the 5,700-square-mile park. San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Sep. 2019 In the galleries The Getty Museum is currently the site of a beastly exhibition about bestiary, the medieval manuscripts that depicted fantastic creatures (unicorns and beavers, oh my!). Los Angeles Times, 27 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Castellanos has an opt-out after this year, is obviously beastly at the plate and has an attitude perfectly suited to a team that’s trying to win now. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 4 June 2021 Deatrich Wise was beastly off the edge, consistently pressuring the pocket. BostonGlobe.com, 4 June 2021 That's right, a taste of beastly-heat, coming a week after freezing record lows. Todd Nelson, Star Tribune, 28 May 2021 YouTube videos of beastly moms abound—from a mother moose charging grizzly bears to a mountain lion mama swatting at a terrified jogger who stumbled upon her cubs. Abigail Tucker, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 May 2021 They are subjected to beastly mistreatment, but other horrors lurk in their new neighborhood, some more obvious than others. Jason Parham, Wired, 30 Apr. 2021 In this live-action re-imagining of the fairy tale, a young woman takes her father’s place as prisoner in a beast’s castle, only to fall in love with her beastly captor, who turns out to be a prince. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 2 Apr. 2021 The last-generation Maybach S-Class was available with a twin-turbo V-12 that churned out a beastly 621 horses and 738 ft lbs of torque. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 15 Apr. 2021 In this live-action re-imagining of the fairy tale, a young woman takes her father’s place as prisoner in a beast’s castle, only to fall in love with her beastly captor, who turns out to be a prince. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 2 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of beastly was in the 13th century

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“Beastly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beastly. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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beastly

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of beastly

chiefly British : very unpleasant

beastly

adjective
beast·​ly | \ ˈbēst-lē How to pronounce beastly (audio) \

Kids Definition of beastly

: very unpleasant : horrible beastly behavior

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