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[il-fey-verd] /ˈɪlˈfeɪ vərd/
unpleasant in appearance; homely or ugly.
offensive; unpleasant; objectionable.
Also, especially British, ill-favoured.
Origin of ill-favored
First recorded in 1520-30
Related forms
ill-favoredly, adverb
ill-favoredness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for ill-favoured
Historical Examples
  • Who is this ill-favoured man, and what has he to do with you?

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • Bark on, ill-favoured, ill-conditioned cur; fortune has ever been with me—I like to hear you.'

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • Joseph, on the other hand, had never been aught but ill-favoured.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • It cannot be denied that the academic expression "Literature" is an ill-favoured word.

    Maxim Gorki

    Hans Ostwald
  • He had lately been disturbed by what he considered to be an ill-favoured omen.

  • This is the time for the pretty who can have many chances, and for the ill-favoured who have few.

    Romola George Eliot
  • He knew that he was anything but ill-favoured as far as face went.

    The Free Lances Mayne Reid
  • Dust clung unpleasantly to its hairy and ill-favoured person.

  • He was ill-favoured, but a good runner, and was an only son among five sisters.

    The Iliad Homer
  • One of the men was tall and ill-favoured, the other, short and well-favoured.

    The Lighthouse R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for ill-favoured


unattractive or repulsive in appearance; ugly
offensive, disagreeable, or objectionable
Derived Forms
ill-favouredly, (US) ill-favoredly, adverb
ill-favouredness, (US) ill-favoredness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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