- 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
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2. abominable, hateful, vile, foul, mean, disgusting.
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Examples from the Web for beastly
Fumes filled the arena, engines revved, and the beastly vehicles made their way out on to the spotlight.The Moms of Monster Jam Drive Trucks, Buck Macho Culture
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In 2010 Samaras gave TFLCar.com a tour of his beastly vehicle and the instruments he used to monitor storms.Tim Samaras, Storm Chaser Extraordinaire: See the Highlights (VIDEO)
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June 2, 2013
And werewolves were about losing yourself to your “beastly side,” which must have been terrifying if you were a Victorian.Maggie Stiefvater Talks New Novel ‘The Raven Boys,’ Fast Cars, and YA Fiction
September 28, 2012
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.
- informal unpleasant; disagreeable; nastybeastly weather
- obsolete of or like a beast; bestial
- informal (intensifier)the weather is so beastly hot
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Word Origin and History for beastly
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