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beastly

[beest-lee] /ˈbist li/
adjective, beastlier, beastliest.
1.
of or like a beast; bestial.
2.
Informal. nasty; unpleasant; disagreeable.
adverb
3.
Chiefly British Informal. very; exceedingly:
It's beastly cold out.
4.
British Informal. disagreeably; outrageously:
beastly rude.
Origin of beastly
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English beasteliche, later be(e)stly. See beast, -ly1
Related forms
beastliness, noun
Synonyms
2. abominable, hateful, vile, foul, mean, disgusting.
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  • I may have said policeman––I may have said anything in such a beastly situation.

    Officer 666 Barton W. Currie
  • Even this did not make me beastly drunk, but it made me desperate and impudent.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • But it's all the beastly blood and muck of the war that does it,—sends one back with a rush to things like that.

    Christopher and Columbus Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim
  • The man's beastly drunk—he's sulking—he could talk if he liked—who cares?

    The Room in the Dragon Volant J. Sheridan LeFanu
  • I was wet through and beastly cold, so said I'd have a cup of coffee.

    Pincher Martin, O.D. H. Taprell Dorling
  • He whirled around, trying to shake off his beastly antagonist.

  • "It's beastly chilly in here," observed Sir Arthur, with a shiver.

    Guy in the Jungle William Murray Graydon
British Dictionary definitions for beastly

beastly

/ˈbiːstlɪ/
adjective -lier, -liest
1.
(informal) unpleasant; disagreeable; nasty: beastly weather
2.
(obsolete) of or like a beast; bestial
adverb
3.
(informal) (intensifier): the weather is so beastly hot
Derived Forms
beastliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for beastly
adj.

c.1200, "brutish, sensual, debased;" late 14c., "in the manner of a beast," from beast + -ly (1). Weakened in British upper crust use to "awfully, exceedingly" by mid-19c. Beastly drunk is from 1803.

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