unsightly

[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. unshipped,
  2. unshroud,
  3. unsicker,
  4. unsight,
  5. unsighted,
  6. unsigned,
  7. unsinkable,
  8. unsized,
  9. unskilful,
  10. unskilled

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 unsightly

unsightly

/ (ʌnˈsaɪtlɪ) /

adjective

unpleasant or unattractive to look at; ugly
Derived Formsunsightliness, noun

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Word Origin and History for unsightly

unsightly

adj.

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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