beastly

[ beest-lee ]
/ ˈbist li /

adjective, beast·li·er, beast·li·est.

of or like a beast; bestial.
Informal. nasty; unpleasant; disagreeable.

adverb

Chiefly British Informal. very; exceedingly: It's beastly cold out.
British Informal. disagreeably; outrageously: beastly rude.

Nearby words

  1. beast epic,
  2. beast of burden,
  3. beast of prey,
  4. beastie,
  5. beastings,
  6. beat,
  7. beat a dead horse,
  8. beat a path to someone's door,
  9. beat a retreat,
  10. beat all

Origin of beastly

1175–1225; Middle English beasteliche, later be(e)stly. See beast, -ly

Related formsbeast·li·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for beastliness

beastly

/ (ˈbiːstlɪ) /

adjective -lier or -liest

informal unpleasant; disagreeable; nastybeastly weather
obsolete of or like a beast; bestial

adverb

informal (intensifier)the weather is so beastly hot
Derived Formsbeastliness, noun

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Word Origin and History for beastliness

beastly

adj.

c.1200, "brutish, sensual, debased;" late 14c., "in the manner of a beast," from beast + -ly (1). Weakened in British upper crust use to "awfully, exceedingly" by mid-19c. Beastly drunk is from 1803.

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