meaning of beastly

beastly meaning in General Dictionary

related to or getting the type nature or habits of a creature

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  • 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.

beastly meaning in Etymology Dictionary

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.


beastly meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) with respect to, or getting the type, nature, or habits of, a beast.

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  • (a.) Characterizing the character of a beast; unlike the character and dignity of man; intense; filthy.
  • (a.) Abominable; since, beastly weather condition.

Sentence Examples with the word beastly

The wonder is how they, how you and I, can live this slimy, beastly life, eating and drinking.

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