un·​sight·​ly | \ ˌən-ˈsīt-lē How to pronounce unsightly (audio) \

Definition of unsightly

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

Other Words from unsightly

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 Instead of a historic rock house, the Mobile Civic Center Arena is now considered an unsightly relic. al, 12 Sep. 2022 But Jones wasn’t the only U-M lineman with some unsightly reps against Hawaii, especially when McNamara was in the game. Michael Cohen, Detroit Free Press, 12 Sep. 2022 Another reason for the low total is quarterback Carson Wentz, who didn’t inspire confidence in an unsightly showing for the Colts in last season’s playoffs-or-bust season finale in Jacksonville. Lance Pugmire, USA TODAY, 28 Aug. 2022 Otherwise, said Neale, the back section could bulge in an unsightly way when my hair eventually grows. Jacqueline Kilikita, refinery29.com, 3 Aug. 2022 The combination of sticky honeydew and black sooty mold makes an unsightly mess challenging to remove. Kevin Ambrose, Washington Post, 12 Aug. 2022 The art reminds us that our bodies, with all their unsightly blood and mess and hormones, are the seat of conscience, self-expression, and identity. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, 6 July 2022 For an unsightly fence or garden wall, fast-growing vines can do wonders without a ton of work. Terri Robertson, Country Living, 30 June 2022 If the concrete was made to look like stone or designed with a grain, try to brush in line with the original surface to avoid any unsightly scratches. Nafeesah Allen, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 June 2022 See More

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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 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for unsightly


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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