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[beest-lee] /ˈbist li/
adjective, beastlier, beastliest.
of or like a beast; bestial.
Informal. nasty; unpleasant; disagreeable.
Chiefly British Informal. very; exceedingly:
It's beastly cold out.
British Informal. disagreeably; outrageously:
beastly rude.
Origin of beastly
1175-1225; Middle English beasteliche, later be(e)stly. See beast, -ly
Related forms
beastliness, noun
2. abominable, hateful, vile, foul, mean, disgusting. Unabridged
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  • Even this did not make me beastly drunk, but it made me desperate and impudent.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • beastly luck, but I shan't be able to see you to-night even in Cairo.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • I say, put on your old greasy; you are looking so beastly clean.'

    Echoes of the War J. M. Barrie
  • The man's beastly drunk—he's sulking—he could talk if he liked—who cares?

    The Room in the Dragon Volant J. Sheridan LeFanu
  • He whirled around, trying to shake off his beastly antagonist.

  • I was going to cut the service, and they keep me for their beastly war.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • A beastly country this, with its everlasting hills and woods!

    The Downfall Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for beastly


adjective -lier, -liest
(informal) unpleasant; disagreeable; nasty: beastly weather
(obsolete) of or like a beast; bestial
(informal) (intensifier): the weather is so beastly hot
Derived Forms
beastliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for beastly

c.1200, "brutish, sensual, debased;" late 14c., "in the manner of a beast," from beast + -ly (1). Weakened in British upper crust use to "awfully, exceedingly" by mid-19c. Beastly drunk is from 1803.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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