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 unsightliness (audio) \ noun

Examples of unsightly in a Sentence

The cracks in the wall are unsightly. strip-mining leaves an unsightly gash in the landscape

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American cities are plagued by parking lots, slabs of unsightly pavement that will become increasingly useless as parking becomes less and less important. Popular Mechanics, "The iPhone Changed the World, the Self-Driving Car Is Next," 29 June 2017 Most notches have been mainly justified by the essential nature of the front-facing camera, but with these new screen cutouts now viable, a company can eliminate yet more unsightly bezel from the front of its phone. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "2018 was a weird notch year — what’s next?," 18 Dec. 2018 These bikes are ugly, usually with a large unsightly battery pack bolted onto the frame. Thomas Ricker, The Verge, "Ampler Curt e-bike review: electric doesn’t have to mean big and ugly," 6 Sep. 2018 If you aren’t willing or able to run speaker wire through you walls, there are plenty of readymade kits and DIY options for hiding any unsightly tangles. Don Melanson, Popular Mechanics, "The Setup: Building a Great Home Entertainment System," 18 July 2018 Home baseMost visitors to Rioja stay in Logroño, a lively if somewhat unsightly city in the heart of Rioja Alta. Benjamin Kemper, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Guide to Spanish Wine Country," 7 Mar. 2018 This painful and unsightly condition also can be caused by nutritional deficiencies. Joe Graedon, M.s., And Teresa Graedon, Houston Chronicle, "Will zinc help hirsutism in women?," 13 May 2018 Image Her family drove 30 hours from Minnesota to enter her in the contest, which is actually a celebration of unsightly dogs and is intended to promote pet adoption. Sarah Mervosh, New York Times, "Zsa Zsa the English Bulldog, ‘World’s Ugliest Dog,’ Dies at 9," 10 July 2018 What's left is an unsightly collection of twisted chain-link fences, dirt, weeds and crumbling infrastructure. Parker Leavitt, azcentral, "Readers' picks: Worst West Valley eyesores," 16 Feb. 2016

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First Known Use of unsightly

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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