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 This will help alleviate UTIs, hemorrhoids, skid marks, and other unsightly and unhygienic occurrences. Chris Hachey, BGR, 30 June 2021 And residents who had grown accustomed to intractable fights among politicians over how to update the unsightly and overburdened choke point — and how to pay for it — had a glimmer of hope that, finally, something might get done. New York Times, 1 May 2021 The crooked numbers on the Oakland Coliseum scoreboard and the unsightly numbers in Bundy’s pitching line were reflective of his diminished stuff. Los Angeles Times, 15 June 2021 In Arkansas, however, municipalities are authorized to remediate unsightly conditions like nuisance vehicles. Arkansas Online, 30 May 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 9 Mar. 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 3 Aug. 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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