Beastly



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.
Contemporary Examples

And werewolves were about losing yourself to your “beastly side,” which must have been terrifying if you were a Victorian.
Maggie Stiefvater Talks New Novel ‘The Raven Boys,’ Fast Cars, and YA Fiction Doug Stanton September 27, 2012

Fumes filled the arena, engines revved, and the beastly vehicles made their way out on to the spotlight.
The Moms of Monster Jam Drive Trucks, Buck Macho Culture Eliza Krigman November 21, 2014

In 2010 Samaras gave TFLCar.com a tour of his beastly vehicle and the instruments he used to monitor storms.
Tim Samaras, Storm Chaser Extraordinaire: See the Highlights (VIDEO) The Daily Beast Video June 1, 2013

Historical Examples

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
adverb
(informal) (intensifier): the weather is so beastly hot
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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