- distasteful or unpleasant to look at: an unsightly wound; unsightly disorder.
Origin of unsightly
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Examples from the Web for unsightliness
Not even in the wet, greasy street could she find any unsightliness that afternoon.The Tavern Knight
Because of the unsightliness of my appearance I have been driven away from my home.Warriors of Old Japan and Other Stories
Yei Theodora Ozaki
To the unsightliness of this picture is added an unstable seat.South America To-day
Illness, ugliness, unsightliness of any kind, had a horror for Mr. Saltus.Edgar Saltus: The Man
This is easily accomplished without causing any unsightliness by placing an arch over the path.The Dwelling House
George Vivian Poore
- unpleasant or unattractive to look at; ugly
Word Origin and History for unsightliness
early 15c., "displeasing to the eye," from un- (1) "not" + sight + -ly (1). Cf. Middle Dutch onsichtlijc "invisible; ugly," Middle High German unsihtlih "invisible." Related: Unsightliness. Middle English sightlie is attested from mid-15c. but only in the sense "visible;" sightly as "pleasing to the eye" is from 1560s.