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[uhn-sahyt-lee] /ʌnˈsaɪt li/
adjective, unsightlier, unsightliest.
distasteful or unpleasant to look at:
an unsightly wound; unsightly disorder.
Origin of unsightly
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English; see un-1, sightly
Related forms
unsightliness, noun
unattractive, ugly, disagreeable.
beautiful. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for unsightly
  • Weeds not only steal water and nutrients from your plants but also often produce allergens and look unsightly.
  • At first glance they do look rather fierce and perhaps unsightly, but they are actually quite docile aquatic amphibians.
  • There is, however, some fairly unsightly development outside the walls towards the train and bus stations.
  • Unlike traditional concrete or asphalt, pavers will not form unsightly cracks that span your driveway, walkway or patio area.
  • Moles are more than a sometimes unsightly skin growth.
  • It typically causes no serious harm, but can be unsightly.
  • In times of drought hydro dams leave an unsightly scar on the landscape.
  • Those cost-saving measures have the added advantage of minimizing the risk of unsightly campus controversies.
  • They're less likely to cause an unsightly bump under the fabric.
  • It came rolling in from the open sea, a shapeless and unsightly thing.
British Dictionary definitions for unsightly


unpleasant or unattractive to look at; ugly
Derived Forms
unsightliness, noun
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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.

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