adjective Date: 15th century not pleasing to the sight ; not comely <
an unsightly mess
unsightliness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • unsightly — index poor (inferior in quality), repulsive, unseemly Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • unsightly — early 15c., displeasing to the eye, from UN (Cf. un ) (1) not + sightly (see SIGHT (Cf. sight)). Cf. M.Du. onsichtlijc invisible, ugly, M.H.G. unsihtlih invisible …   Etymology dictionary

  • unsightly — *ugly, hideous, ill favored Analogous words: distasteful, obnoxious, repellent, *repugnant: *hateful, odious, detestable, abominable …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • unsightly — [adj] not pretty deformed, disagreeable, drab, dull, hideous, homely, horrid, lackluster, repulsive, revolting, ugly, unattractive, unpleasant, unprepossessing, unshapely; concept 579 Ant. beautiful, nice, pleasing, pretty, sightly …   New thesaurus

  • unsightly — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ unpleasant to look at; ugly. DERIVATIVES unsightliness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • unsightly — [unsīt′lē] adj. not sightly; not pleasant to look at; ugly unsightliness n …   English World dictionary

  • unsightly — [[t]ʌnsa͟ɪtli[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you describe something as unsightly, you mean that it is unattractive to look at. My mother has had unsightly varicose veins for years... The Polish market in Berlin was considered unsightly and shut down. Syn:… …   English dictionary

  • unsightly — unsightliness, n. /un suyt lee/, adj., unsightlier, unsightliest. distasteful or unpleasant to look at: an unsightly wound; unsightly disorder. [1375 1425; late ME; see UN 1, SIGHTLY] Syn. unattractive, ugly, disagreeable. Ant. beautiful. * * * …   Universalium

  • unsightly — adj. not pleasing to the sight it was unsightly to behold * * * [ʌn saɪtlɪ] [ not pleasing to the sight ] it was unsightly to behold …   Combinatory dictionary

  • unsightly — un|sight|ly [ʌnˈsaıtli] adj [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: sightly pleasant to look at (15 21 centuries), from sight] ugly or unpleasant to look at ▪ unsightly buildings ▪ unsightly marks …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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