[ il-fey-verd ]
See synonyms for ill-favored on
  1. unpleasant in appearance; homely or ugly.

  2. offensive; unpleasant; objectionable.

Origin of ill-favored

First recorded in 1520–30
  • Also especially British, ill-fa·voured .

Other words from ill-favored

  • ill-fa·vored·ly, adverb
  • ill-fa·vored·ness, noun

Words Nearby ill-favored Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use ill-favored in a sentence

  • The chiefs turned their ill-favored countenances on each other, and talked for a while in their own language.

    Overland | John William De Forest
  • Even aside from the pouring in of the ill-favored, the crossing of the heterogeneous is bound to lessen good looks among us.

    The Old World in the New | Edward Alsworth Ross
  • The women especially were ill-favored, and with an air of savage daring and effrontery I had never seen before.

    Sir Jasper Carew | Charles James Lever
  • The officers were not ill-favored, only servile and full of fear of him.

  • In youth he was bashful, eccentric, and amazingly ill-favored.

    Prophets of Dissent | Otto Heller