adjective, beast·li·er, beast·li·est.
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What does beastly mean?
Beastly is used to describe a person or behavior that’s nasty, vile, or cruel.
The word beast sometimes simply means a large animal, but it’s also often used to refer to a kind of monster. This sense of the word is sometimes used figuratively to refer to a person in a way that likens them to a monster and implies that they behave in a crude, brutish, or animalistic way. This is often what’s implied by the word beastly.
Beastly can also mean unpleasant or disagreeable, as in beastly weather.
In British English, beastly is sometimes used as an informal intensifier to mean very, extremely, or outrageously, as in It’s beastly cold out there or That was a beastly rude thing to do. In this case, beastly is used as an adverb, rather than an adjective.
Example: We condemn this beastly attack and the terrorists who perpetrated it.
Where does beastly come from?
The first records of the word beastly come from around 1200. It comes from the Middle English beasteliche.
Its base word, beast, comes from the Latin bēstia, whose original meaning is uncertain. It may have simply been a word meaning “animal.” The suffix -ly is often used to form adverbs and adjectives. Though beast is commonly used in a number of ways, use of beastly is much less common. It’s more common to use synonyms like vile, cruel, or monstrous to describe someone or their actions in such a way.
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- beastliness (noun)
- beast (noun)
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How is beastly used in real life?
Beastly is typically used in a negative way with the exception of its use in British English to mean “very” or “extremely.”
Loss of precious lives in a senseless & beastly attack on people with severe disabilities at a Care Center in Japan has deeply saddened me.
— Shivraj Singh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) July 26, 2016
Any martial art without proper training of the mind turns into beastly behavior.~ Shoshin Nagamine
— Elite Martial Arts (@MyEliteMA) March 22, 2010
— Kyla Houbolt 🌿GreenwayPoet, OwlofyourDreams🔥 (@luaz_poet) January 7, 2021
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Example sentences from the Web for beastly
Now, Fujifilm has released a version of its beastly camera specifically for research and industrial purposes.Fujifilm’s new infrared camera can see things your eyes can’t|Stan Horaczek|November 27, 2020|Popular Science
Fumes filled the arena, engines revved, and the beastly vehicles made their way out on to the spotlight.The Moms of Monster Jam Drive Trucks, Buck Macho Culture|Eliza Krigman|November 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In 2010 Samaras gave TFLCar.com a tour of his beastly vehicle and the instruments he used to monitor storms.Tim Samaras, Storm Chaser Extraordinaire: See the Highlights (VIDEO)|The Daily Beast Video|June 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
And werewolves were about losing yourself to your “beastly side,” which must have been terrifying if you were a Victorian.Maggie Stiefvater Talks New Novel ‘The Raven Boys,’ Fast Cars, and YA Fiction|Doug Stanton|September 28, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It'll be beastly dull for her at The Warren, you see, poor girl; and she doesn't seem to jump at Spunyarn, though he does hang on.
Beastly nuisance; we shall all have to clear out, for I suppose it won't be a mere matter of scratches.
The submarine scare is full on; the beastly things have frightened us more than all the Turks and all their German guns.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
The weather was what the natives call "beastly hot," and really was as near an approach to summer as we had experienced so far.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car|Thomas D. Murphy
"Don't sing those beastly things," I said to Marguerite, imploringly.Camille (La Dame aux Camilias)|Alexandre Dumas, fils