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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. 2017.
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  • "I'd take my oath he has hid them somewheres," replied Jack Beard, an ill-looking lad.

    Under the Storm Charlotte M. Yonge
  • He was a surly, ill-looking man, with a heavy dark mustache.

    A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
  • He put his ill-looking face over the stile, as they came up, and I flung him the other sixpence, and thanked him too.

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

    The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
  • A row of ill-looking houses, huts and shops stretched along the bay for nearly a mile.

    Round Cape Horn Joseph Lamson
  • The world had told me I was not ill-looking, and I believed what it said.

    The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
  • The people too, seemed not so ill-looking, and much more good-natured, than we had at first thought.

    Norman Vallery W.H.G. Kingston
  • That she be beautiful, only that she be not ill-looking, is not important.

    The Education of American Girls Anna Callender Brackett
  • This was an ill-looking fellow, with one eye damaged,—a most unamiable Dogberry.

  • 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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