un·​sight·​ly | \ˌən-ˈsīt-lē \

Definition of unsightly 

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

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Other Words from unsightly

unsightliness \ ˌən-​ˈsīt-​lē-​nəs \ 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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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 That one was constructed to hide the chimney of an unsightly industrial building. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Huge Conrad Shawcross Sculpture Installed At Atheneum," 21 June 2018 Truman’s Gentlemen’s Groomers, which has two locations in Manhattan, offers a basic treatment ($57) that includes clipping, filing and buffing, as well as an exfoliating scrub to attack those unsightly calluses or bunions. Max Berlinger, New York Times, "Men, Are You Wearing Sandals This Summer? Read This First," 13 June 2018 Striking a blow against child poverty, an unsightly part of California's self-portrait, could be the right idea at the right time. John Myers, latimes.com, "With new ideas to boost welfare grants, California lawmakers now must take on Gov. Jerry Brown," 29 Apr. 2018 In pets, this often itchy, unsightly infection is most often caused by a fungus called Microsporum canis. Dr. Patty Khuly, miamiherald, "Ringworm not really a worm but a fungus contagious to pets and humans | Miami Herald," 18 May 2018 Today, there is fencing around the deep pit and a landscaped berm designed to block the unsightly construction remains from nearby townhomes. Bill Ruthhart, chicagotribune.com, "Exclusive: Two soaring towers planned for long-languishing Chicago Spire site along Lake Shore Drive," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of unsightly

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unsightly was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of unsightly

: not pleasant to look at


un·​sight·​ly | \ˌən-ˈsīt-lē \

Kids Definition of unsightly

: not pleasant to look at : ugly

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