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[uhn-sahyt-lee] /ʌnˈsaɪt li/
adjective, unsightlier, unsightliest.
distasteful or unpleasant to look at:
an unsightly wound; unsightly disorder.
Origin of unsightly
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1375-1425; See origin at un-1, sightly
Related forms
unsightliness, noun
unattractive, ugly, disagreeable.
beautiful. Unabridged
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  • He takes an unsightly piece of clay and moulds it into a thing divine.'

    The Man Upstairs P. G. Wodehouse
  • The machine is an unsightly heap at the bottom of the ravine.

  • Well, you know how unsightly the chips looked around the house, and which you had not had time to remove.

    The Cabin on the Prairie C. H. (Charles Henry) Pearson
  • The kirk, of itself, was rather an unsightly object than otherwise.

    Christie Redfern's Troubles Margaret Robertson
  • Any others should be torn down as a dilapidated structure of any sort is not only unsightly but a breeding place for rats.

    If You're Going to Live in the Country Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley
  • A wreath of roses was tried on, but this too was so unsightly that I refused to wear it.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Our pupils acquire agility without angularity or unsightly protuberances anywhere.

  • The reverse, unsightly side of the picture he would not so much as glance at.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
British Dictionary definitions for unsightly


unpleasant or unattractive to look at; ugly
Derived Forms
unsightliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unsightly

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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