[ uhn-sahyt-lee ]
/ ʌnˈsaɪt li /

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
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British Dictionary definitions for unsightliness


/ (ʌnˈsaɪtlɪ) /


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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