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GH`ASTLY, a. [Eng. gush, gust.]
adjective (ghastlier; -est) Etymology: Middle English gastly, from gasten to terrify — more at gast Date: 14th century
adj. & adv. --adj. (ghastlier, ghastliest) 1 horrible, frightful. 2 colloq. objectionable, unpleasant. 3 deathlike, pallid. --adv. in a ghastly or sickly way (ghastly pale). Derivatives: ghastlily adv. ghastliness n. Etymology: ME gastlich f. obs. gast terrify: gh after ghost
Ghastly Ghast"ly, a. [Compar. Ghastlier; superl. Ghastliest.] [OE. gastlich, gastli, fearful, causing fear, fr. gasten to terrify, AS. g[ae]stan. Cf. Aghast, Gast, Gaze, Ghostly.] 1. Like a ghost in appearance; deathlike; pale; pallid; dismal. Each turned his face with a ghastly pang. --Coleridge. His face was so ghastly that it could scarcely be recognized. --Macaulay. 2. Horrible; shocking; dreadful; hideous. Mangled with ghastly wounds through plate and mail. --Milton.
Ghastly Ghast"ly, adv. In a ghastly manner; hideously. Staring full ghastly like a strangled man. --Shak.
If you describe someone or something as ghastly, you mean that you find them very unpleasant. (INFORMAL) ...a mother accompanied by her ghastly unruly child... It was the worst week of my life. It was ghastly. = awful ADJ
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