of or like a beast; bestial.
Informal. nasty; unpleasant; disagreeable.
Chiefly British Informal. very; exceedingly:
It’s beastly cold out.
British Informal. disagreeably; outrageously:
And werewolves were about losing yourself to your “beastly side,” which must have been terrifying if you were a Victorian.
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Fumes filled the arena, engines revved, and the beastly vehicles made their way out on to the spotlight.
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In 2010 Samaras gave TFLCar.com a tour of his beastly vehicle and the instruments he used to monitor storms.
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I may have said policeman––I may have said anything in such a beastly situation.
Officer 666 Barton W. Currie
“Bury all these men,” said Hamilton, and spent a beastly night in the forest.
Bones Edgar Wallace
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
You’re a low, beastly bounder, an’ I’m simply disgusted with you.
Bones Edgar Wallace
I was wet through and beastly cold, so said I’d have a cup of coffee.
Pincher Martin, O.D. H. Taprell Dorling
And I don’t want her to hear of this beastly business from Isabel.
The Choice Edith Wharton
“It’s beastly chilly in here,” observed Sir Arthur, with a shiver.
Guy in the Jungle William Murray Graydon
adjective -lier, -liest
(informal) unpleasant; disagreeable; nasty: beastly weather
(obsolete) of or like a beast; bestial
(informal) (intensifier): the weather is so beastly hot
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.
any nonhuman animal, especially a large, four-footed mammal. the crude animal nature common to humans and the lower animals: Hunger brought out the beast in him. a cruel, coarse, filthy, or otherwise beastlike person. a live creature, as distinguished from a plant: What manner of beast is this? the beast, the Antichrist. Rev. 13:18. Historical […]
of or like a beast; bestial. Informal. nasty; unpleasant; disagreeable. Chiefly British Informal. very; exceedingly: It’s beastly cold out. British Informal. disagreeably; outrageously: beastly rude. Historical Examples They are eminent in nothing, save as samples of beastliness. What a Young Husband Ought to Know Sylvanus Stall It was due to their low wages and to […]
to strike violently or forcefully and repeatedly. to dash against: rain beating the trees. to flutter, flap, or rotate in or against: beating the air with its wings. to sound, as on a drum: beating a steady rhythm; to beat a tattoo. to stir vigorously: Beat the egg whites well. to break, forge, or make […]
- Beat a dead horse
something that has ceased to be useful or relevant. beat / flog a dead horse, to persist in pursuing or trying to revive interest in a project or subject that has lost its usefulness or relevance. a large, solid-hoofed, herbivorous quadruped, Equus caballus, domesticated since prehistoric times, bred in a number of varieties, and used […]