un·​sight·​ly | \ ˌən-ˈsīt-lē How to pronounce unsightly (audio) \

Definition of unsightly

: not pleasing to the sight : not comely an unsightly mess

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unsightliness \ ˌən-​ˈsīt-​lē-​nəs How to pronounce unsightly (audio) \ noun

Examples of unsightly in a Sentence

The cracks in the wall are unsightly. strip-mining leaves an unsightly gash in the landscape
Recent Examples on the Web But Bradley flied out to left and Phillies escaped what could have been an unsightly loss, considering the lineup gaffe. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Phillies 6, Brewers 5: Unearned runs come back to haunt Milwaukee in its third consecutive defeat," 4 May 2021 There was a stretch of six games in which White hit less than 21 percent of his shots from distance, including an unsightly 1 of 13 in consecutive losses against Denver and Cleveland. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "The triple take: Spurs 109, Pacers 94," 19 Apr. 2021 Many hours of YouTube tutorials later, the yarn became a blanket that weighed at least ten pounds and was filled with unsightly holes and loose ends. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, "How Politics Tested Ravelry and the Crafting Community," 22 Mar. 2021 More impressive still is the construction of that all-new aluminum body to reduce shut lines, the unsightly gaps where body panels butt-up to one another, like around the doors, between the hood and grille and around the trunk. Howard Walker, Robb Report, "The 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost: Everything We Know About the Marque’s Most Spirited Model to Date," 9 Mar. 2021 The cause for the unsightly blooms is plant hormones that are out of balance. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Strange blooms, changing colors keep rose gardens full of surprises," 6 Mar. 2021 Norton, District residents and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have grown more irritated with the unsightly barriers closing people out of the Capitol — and, in the view of a least some lawmakers, closing some in. Washington Post, "At least take down the razor wire: D.C. residents, lawmakers chafe at Capitol fence," 28 Feb. 2021 The last thing anyone wants is an unsightly scratch in their vehicle. Angela Watson, chicagotribune.com, "How to fix deep scratches on your car," 23 Feb. 2021 So much for the unsightly and unproductive, energy-robbing Obama Monuments. Dallas News, "No, frozen wind turbines aren’t the main culprit for Texas’ power outages," 17 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of unsightly

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unsightly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsightly. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unsightly

: not pleasant to look at


un·​sight·​ly | \ ˌən-ˈsīt-lē How to pronounce unsightly (audio) \

Kids Definition of unsightly

: not pleasant to look at : ugly

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