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[il-loo k-ing] /ˈɪlˈlʊk ɪŋ/
adjective, Older Use.
Origin of ill-looking
First recorded in 1625-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for ill-looking
Historical Examples
  • The men on board us were an ill-looking set of rascals, of all countries.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • She began once more to think that he was not ill-looking after all.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • What an ill-looking fellow—to be sure, his looks are enough to hang him.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • Stanley contemplated for a moment the ill-looking settlement.

    The Mountain Divide Frank H. Spearman
  • This time the ill-looking Charon made no venture for my purse.

    Sir Ludar Talbot Baines Reed
  • He was a surly, ill-looking man, with a heavy dark mustache.

    A Prisoner of Morro

    Upton Sinclair
  • He's no that ill-looking; but, eh, there's a glint in his eye I wouldna trust.

    The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
  • The world had told me I was not ill-looking, and I believed what it said.

    The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
  • That she be beautiful, only that she be not ill-looking, is not important.

    The Education of American Girls Anna Callender Brackett
  • Her conversation had won me: a woman who could talk so, I fancied, could not be ill-looking.

    The War Trail Mayne Reid

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