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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. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for ill-favoured
Historical Examples
  • We say that none run women down, but such as are too old or too ill-favoured, or too witless, to please them.

  • Dust clung unpleasantly to its hairy and ill-favoured person.

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

    The Free Lances Mayne Reid
  • It cannot be denied that the academic expression "Literature" is an ill-favoured word.

    Maxim Gorki Hans Ostwald
  • Swarthy, ill-favoured faces appear behind the folds of dingy rebozos.

    The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
  • And a well-fed, ill-favoured gentleman he was, as ever served Her Majesty at Portland.

    The Water-Babies Charles Kingsley
  • Three fair things that hide ugliness: good manners in the ill-favoured; skill in a serf; wisdom in the misshapen.

  • A smile of triumph, and then a scowl, crossed the ill-favoured face of the man.

    With Wellington in Spain F. S. Brereton
  • The latter was a squat, ill-favoured, heavy man, with small piercing eyes that were never at rest.

    The Life of Thomas Wanless, Peasant Alexander Johnstone Wilson
  • This was my pleasantry, for he was a monstrous big man, but not ill-favoured.

    A Likely Story William De Morgan
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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