related to or getting the type nature or habits of a creature
- in a beastly way
- (informal) really unpleasant
- resembling a beast; showing decreased man sensibility
- with respect to, or obtaining the form, nature, or habits of, a monster.
- Characterizing the character of a beast; as opposed to the nature and dignity of man; brutal; filthy.
- Abominable; since, beastly weather.
c.1200, "brutish, sexy, debased;" belated 14c., "in the way in which of a beast," from monster + -ly (1). Weakened in Brit top crust use to "awfully, exceedingly" by mid-19c. Beastly intoxicated is from 1803.
(a.) with respect to, or getting the type, nature, or habits of, a beast.
- (a.) Characterizing the character of a beast; unlike the character and dignity of man; intense; filthy.
- (a.) Abominable; since, beastly weather condition.
The wonder is how they, how you and I, can live this slimy, beastly life, eating and drinking.