Definition of ghastly
1 a : terrifyingly horrible to the senses : frightening <a ghastly crime> b : intensely unpleasant, disagreeable, or objectionable <such a life seems ghastly in its emptiness and sterility — Aldous Huxley>
2 : resembling a ghost
3 obsolete : filled with fear
4 : very great <a ghastly mistake>
Examples of ghastly in a sentence
You're making a ghastly mistake.
His room was a ghastly mess.
Origin and Etymology of ghastly
Middle English gastly, from gasten to terrify — more at gast
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of ghastly
GHASTLY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ghastly for English Language Learners
: very shocking or horrible
: very bad
GHASTLY Defined for Kids
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