Beastly Beast"ly (b[=e]st"l[y^]), a. 1. Pertaining to, or having the form, nature, or habits of, a beast. [1913 Webster]

Beastly divinities and droves of gods. --Prior. [1913 Webster]

2. Characterizing the nature of a beast; contrary to the nature and dignity of man; brutal; filthy. [1913 Webster]

The beastly vice of drinking to excess. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

3. Abominable; as, beastly weather. [Colloq. Eng.] [1913 Webster]

Syn: Bestial; brutish; irrational; sensual; degrading. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • beastly — c.1200, brutish, sensual, debased; late 14c., in the manner of a beast, from BEAST (Cf. beast) + LY (Cf. ly) (1). Weakened in British upper crust use to awfully, exceedingly by mid 19c. Beastly drunk is from 1803 …   Etymology dictionary

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  • beastly — [bēst′lē] adj. beastlier, beastliest 1. of, like, or characteristic of a beast; bestial, brutal, etc. 2. Informal disagreeable; unpleasant adv. beastlier, beastliest [Brit. Informal] very [beastly bad news] beastliness n …   English World dictionary

  • beastly — index brutal, disreputable, heinous, obnoxious, odious, repulsive, vicious Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

  • beastly — bestial, *brutal, brute, brutish, feral Analogous words: abominable, detestable, *hateful: loathsome, repulsive, revolting, *offensive: disgusting, sickening, nauseating (see DISGUST) Contrasted words: agreeable, gratifying, grateful, *pleasant,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • beastly — Brit. informal ► ADJECTIVE ▪ very unpleasant. ► ADVERB dated ▪ to an extreme and unpleasant degree. DERIVATIVES beastliness noun …   English terms dictionary

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  • beastly — [[t]bi͟ːstli[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED If you describe something as beastly, you mean that it is very unpleasant. [INFORMAL, OLD FASHIONED] The weather was beastly. Syn: horrible, horrid 2) ADJ GRADED If you describe someone as beastly, you mean that… …   English dictionary

  • beastly — I. adjective (beastlier; est) Date: 13th century 1. bestial 1 2. abominable, disagreeable < beastly weather > • beastliness noun II. adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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