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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
beastly weather
▪ But it was beastly, their violence and our fear of violence.
▪ His beastly gloating hands touching me.
▪ I had beastly rows with Flora.
▪ If you want a beastly dull wedding party, don't bring Lulu.
▪ It had been a beastly day and Caroline had been so silly at supper.
▪ The fact remains that it was beastly.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Beastly \Beast"ly\ (b[=e]st"l[y^]), a.

  1. Pertaining to, or having the form, nature, or habits of, a beast.

    Beastly divinities and droves of gods.

  2. Characterizing the nature of a beast; contrary to the nature and dignity of man; brutal; filthy.

    The beastly vice of drinking to excess.

  3. Abominable; as, beastly weather. [Colloq. Eng.]

    Syn: Bestial; brutish; irrational; sensual; degrading.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.


a. 1 (context UK English) Pertaining to, or having the form, nature(,) or habits of, a beast. 2 (context UK English) Characterizing the nature of a beast; contrary to the nature and dignity of man; brutal; filthy. 3 (context UK dated English) abominable. adv. Like a beast; brutishly.

  1. adj. very unpleasant; "hellish weather"; "stop that god-awful racket" [syn: hellish, god-awful]

  2. resembling a beast; showing lack of human sensibility; "beastly desires"; "a bestial nature"; "brute force"; "a dull and brutish man"; "bestial treatment of prisoners" [syn: bestial, brute(a), brutish]

  3. adv. in a beastly manner; "she behaved beastly toward her mother-in-law"

  4. [also: beastliest, beastlier]


Beastly is a 2007 novel by Alex Flinn. It is a retelling of the fairytale Beauty and the Beast set in modern-day New York City from the view of the beast. Flinn researched many versions of the Beauty and the Beast story to write her book. Many of these are playfully alluded to in portions of the book, particularly the chat room transcripts in which the character of Kyle talks to other teens who have been transformed into creatures.

Beastly (film)

Beastly is a 2011 romantic fantasy drama film loosely based on Alex Flinn's 2007 novel of the same name. It is a retelling of the fairytale Beauty and the Beast and is set in modern-day New York City. The film was written and directed by Daniel Barnz and stars Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer.

Beastly was expected to be distributed to theaters by CBS Films on July 30, 2010. However, the film's release was delayed until March 18, 2011, in order to avoid a clash with the release of Charlie St. Cloud, which starred Zac Efron, Hudgens's then-boyfriend with whom she had a strong following at the time, but in January 2011, the release was moved forward to March 4, 2011.

Usage examples of "beastly".

For my part, I shall take all immaginable care that the Fathers who preach the Holy Gospell to those Indians over whom I have power bee not in the least ill treated, and upon that very accompt have sent for one of each nation to come to me, and then those beastly crimes you reproove shall be checked severely, and all my endevours used to surpress their filthy drunkennesse, disorders, debauches, warring, and quarrels, and whatsoever doth obstruct the growth and enlargement of the Christian faith amongst those people.

After that the banket was prepared, they washed their bodies, and brought in a tall young man of the village, to sup with them, who had scarce tasted a few pottage, when hee began to discover their beastly customes and inordinate desire of luxury.

Beastly Boy stuck out his tongue, a purple and green surprise, and was dragged off by his mum at the same time the beehive blonde collected her maps and charts and smiled brightly at Melrose in a good-bye look.

The profession of begging was banned, but prostitution of course throve, and there were many acts of petty brutality, for Shanghai was an occupied city, and soldiers are men at their most beastly.

Now uncloaked, the knights get their first look at their beastly enemy.

I could put off for a little while the necessity of hearing about the Browns and their beastly committee.

Their mice turned blue from this dye and yellow from that one, but the beastly finned trypanosomes of the mal de Caderas swarmed gayly in their veins, and killed those mice, one hundred out of every hundred!

These beastly denazification tribunals, while every real criminal escaped judgment.

The dark, unrelenting Tiberius, the furious Caligula, the feeble Claudius, the profligate and cruel Nero, the beastly Vitellius, and the timid, inhuman Domitian, are condemned to everlasting infamy.

Surely, they implied, she had done beastly things to entice Ngai to bestow such lethal armament upon her.

There came another of these beastly surprises of which the moon world is full.

I mean, everybody knows what goes on between Jeremy Tamworth and Marjorie Parris, and about poor old Nigel being so possessive and jealous, but it takes Angela Barton to make something beastly out of it.

Digging her feet into her beastly mount, Braids followed the strong and fast snake men, the wind forcing her braided hair and the dark dementia cloud that always surrounded her head to fly behind her.

I was lying on one of those beastly little cots that wiggle everytime your heart beats, and mine was beating plenty fast.

But to have her lifted up in the gown of the victim, through which her limbs can be seen, to make a public display of her before the dregs of humanity we have got here, this bare-arsed scum from Locris and Aetolia, this beastly rabble from Boeotia and Attica, these rapists and butter-eaters from Epirus, these turds from Thessaly who come to take part in a military expedition armed only with hay-forks, is it for this I raised her?