adjective, un·sight·li·er, un·sight·li·est.

distasteful or unpleasant to look at: an unsightly wound; unsightly disorder.

Origin of unsightly

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at un-1, sightly
Related formsun·sight·li·ness, noun

Synonyms for unsightly

Antonyms for unsightly

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Examples from the Web for unsightliness

Historical Examples of unsightliness

  • Not even in the wet, greasy street could she find any unsightliness that afternoon.

    The Tavern Knight

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Because of the unsightliness of my appearance I have been driven away from my home.

  • To the unsightliness of this picture is added an unstable seat.

    South America To-day

    Georges Clemenceau

  • Illness, ugliness, unsightliness of any kind, had a horror for Mr. Saltus.

  • This is easily accomplished without causing any unsightliness by placing an arch over the path.

    The Dwelling House

    George Vivian Poore

British Dictionary definitions for unsightliness



unpleasant or unattractive to look at; ugly
Derived Formsunsightliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unsightliness



early 15c., "displeasing to the eye," from un- (1) "not" + sight + -ly (1). Cf. Middle Dutch onsichtlijc "invisible; ugly," Middle High German unsihtlih "invisible." Related: Unsightliness. Middle English sightlie is attested from mid-15c. but only in the sense "visible;" sightly as "pleasing to the eye" is from 1560s.

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