adjective, ghast·li·er, ghast·li·est.
Origin of ghastly
Examples from the Web for ghastly
And so those closest to the ghastly virus remain deaf to hashtags, and silent.
Watching her drown her sorrows in hooch and then get beat up by Crazy Eyes in the showers was ghastly…but great television.Inside ‘Orange Is the New Black’ S2, Eps. 6-12: About That Shocking Incest Scene|Kevin Fallon, Marlow Stern|June 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Like Carina, she remembers a ghastly scene once the American soldiers withdrew.Remembering the Fall of Saigon and Vietnam’s Mass ‘Boat People’ Exodus|Katie Baker|April 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was a ghastly tragedy that rattled a nation and became a byword for anti-Semitism in France.A Horror Story of True-Life Anti-Semitism in France|Tracy McNicoll|April 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Certain sections of the battlefield,” he adds, “were littered with the ghastly remains of burnt-out tanks and incinerated crews.
Ghastly images are before us and around us, the mystic symbols of a horrid religion!The Scalp Hunters|Mayne Reid
He sagged and swayed for an instant; there was a ghastly, ragged, spongy gap between his shoulders.The Red Debt|Everett MacDonald
A minute of ghastly quiet followed, a horrible minute that seemed as long as a year.For the School Colours|Angela Brazil
Under his searching gaze her face grew pale and ghastly as that upon the couch.At the Time Appointed|A. Maynard Barbour
Two ghastly weeks in New York, playing to a papered house or empty seats, and the company took to the coal regions.My Actor-Husband|Anonymous
adjective -lier or -liest
Word Origin for ghastly
c.1300, gastlich, from gast (adj.), past participle of gasten "to frighten," from Old English gæstan "to torment, frighten" (see ghost) + -lich "-ly." Spelling with gh- developed 16c. from confusion with ghost. As an adverb, from 1580s. Related: Ghastliness.