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
Recent Examples on the Web To get rid of unsightly stains and leave your car smelling fresh, use a carpet cleaner like Bissell Carpet Cleaning Foam. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Your Car's Interior Like a Pro, Including Dirty Car Seats," 31 Mar. 2020 As the days have turned into weeks — and a month feels like another year — the problem has turned into an unsightly mess. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "I let my wife cut my hair. I might never go back to a barber again.," 9 Apr. 2020 Eight days before Beck became an integrated middle school, district workers upgraded the school entrance, an unsightly gateway of concrete and rubber. Carol Motsinger, USA TODAY, "When schools integrated 50 years ago, these black students had to pick up and move," 16 Feb. 2020 India is embarking on a massive cleanup ahead of President Trump’s visit next week, pumping millions of gallons of fresh water into a polluted river, building walls to hide an unsightly slum, and demolishing a small shantytown. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "India hides slum and pumps fresh water into dirty river ahead of Trump visit," 20 Feb. 2020 The population of team-owning oligarchs contains its fair share of those with mysterious and unsightly fortunes. Michael Powell, New York Times, "The Mets’ Would-Be Rescuer Is Far From a Hero," 5 Dec. 2019 That 2003 accusation was nearly washed away at the time in an unsightly river of salacious reporting and counterclaims about the woman. Michael Powell, New York Times, "Kobe Bryant Up Close: Ferocious and Flawed, Gruff and Gracious," 27 Jan. 2020 Of all the things that can throw off a living room aesthetic, an unsightly dog bed takes the cake. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "How to Build a Stylish Midcentury Modern Dog Bed All by Yourself," 22 Jan. 2020 Sonos devices were once the gold standard for wireless audio, eliminating the need for unsightly cords strung room to room. Washington Post, "Sonos sues Google for allegedly swiping speaker tech," 7 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of unsightly

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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22 May 2020

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“Unsightly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsightly. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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How to pronounce unsightly (audio)

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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