unpleasant in appearance; homely or ugly.
offensive; unpleasant; objectionable.

Also especially British, ill-fa·voured.

Origin of ill-favored

First recorded in 1520–30
Related formsill-fa·vored·ly, adverbill-fa·vored·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ill-favoured

Historical Examples of ill-favoured

  • Who is this ill-favoured man, and what has he to do with you?

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • Bark on, ill-favoured, ill-conditioned cur; fortune has ever been with me—I like to hear you.'

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • Joseph, on the other hand, had never been aught but ill-favoured.

    The Tavern Knight

    Rafael Sabatini

  • It cannot be denied that the academic expression "Literature" is an ill-favoured word.

    Maxim Gorki

    Hans Ostwald

  • He had lately been disturbed by what he considered to be an ill-favoured omen.

British Dictionary definitions for ill-favoured


US ill-favored


unattractive or repulsive in appearance; ugly
offensive, disagreeable, or objectionable
Derived Formsill-favouredly or US ill-favoredly, adverbill-favouredness or US ill-favoredness, noun
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