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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Other Words from unsightly

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 An artificial hedge can create a wall and can be hung on a chain-link fence or around an unsightly utility box. Kimi Robinson, azcentral, "Refresh your patio or balcony on a budget with 7 DIY ideas that are perfect for Phoenix," 12 June 2020 That installation in New York was championed by Michael Bloomberg, and heavily mocked by comedians and commentators at the time, who saw it as an unsightly boondoggle in Manhattan’s most visible public space. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Christo Found Beauty in Realizing the Impossible," 1 June 2020 One was approved on May 21: 30 Van Ness, which would replace an unsightly block of offices at the northeast corner of Market Street and Van Ness Avenue with nine stories of offices topped by 38 stories of condominiums. John King, SFChronicle.com, "Pandemic casts a shadow on future of San Francisco’s would-be high-rise Hub," 29 May 2020 An easy and non-toxic fix for unsightly window streaks: DIY wipes made with paper towel with rubbing alcohol. Brigitt Earley, Good Housekeeping, "5 Hassle-Free Ways to Clean Up After Pets—No Vacuum Required," 1 May 2020 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

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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 8 Aug. 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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