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

Definition of unsightly

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

Other Words from unsightly

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 The art reminds us that our bodies, with all their unsightly blood and mess and hormones, are the seat of conscience, self-expression, and identity. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, 6 July 2022 For an unsightly fence or garden wall, fast-growing vines can do wonders without a ton of work. Terri Robertson, Country Living, 30 June 2022 If the concrete was made to look like stone or designed with a grain, try to brush in line with the original surface to avoid any unsightly scratches. Nafeesah Allen, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 June 2022 The property overlooking Bear Lake (plus an unsightly flurry of developments) offers four tent styles in ascending levels of luxury. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, 10 June 2022 When the prominent British sports promoter pitches his vision of drawing impressive crowds and strong U.S. television viewership with darts, the initial reaction is to recoil as if an unsightly plate of bangers and mash has been set before them. Lance Pugmire, USA TODAY, 25 May 2022 For offensive numbers to take such a massive step backward in the first year that totally eliminated the unsightly spectre of pitchers coming to bat is a major development. Tony Blengino, Forbes, 18 May 2022 The drainage canal is covered by cement, an unsightly legacy of a flood control project by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. New York Times, 2 June 2022 Don’t cut away the unsightly threads just yet, because a hole is easier to patch if a few thin bits are helping hold that section’s shape. Ebony Roberts, Outside Online, 1 Nov. 2021 See More

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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 16 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for unsightly


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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