un·​sight·​ly ˌən-ˈsīt-lē How to pronounce unsightly (audio)
: not pleasing to the sight : not comely
an unsightly mess
unsightliness 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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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Unsightly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsightly. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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un·​sight·​ly ˌən-ˈsīt-lē How to pronounce unsightly (audio)
: unpleasant to the sight : ugly
an unsightly scar
unsightliness noun

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