- distasteful or unpleasant to look at: an unsightly wound; unsightly disorder.
Origin of unsightly
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Examples from the Web for unsightly
Most of us, I would venture to say, have tried to remedy these unsightly problems.Diane Keaton Refuses to Give In to Aging
May 19, 2014
President Obama has been mocked by the cool crowd for wearing some unflattering dad jeans and unsightly mandals.2010 Wackiest Candidate Awards
Samuel P. Jacobs
November 1, 2010
A wreath of roses was tried on, but this too was so unsightly that I refused to wear it.My Double Life
It was unsightly; but how to repair the injury was the question.
The reverse, unsightly side of the picture he would not so much as glance at.Garrison's Finish
W. B. M. Ferguson
All the winter they are dead, unsightly roots, hidden in the earth.Out of the Deep
Above all, she should avoid the presence of disagreeable and unsightly objects.The Physical Life of Woman:
Dr. George H Napheys
- unpleasant or unattractive to look at; ugly
Word Origin and History for unsightly
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.