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English definition of “ghastly”

ghastly

adjective uk   /ˈɡɑːst.li/ us    /ˈɡæst-/
informal unpleasant and shocking: Today's newspaper gives all the ghastly details of the murder.Serious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad informal extremely bad: What ghastly weather! It was all a ghastly mistake. I thought her outfit was ghastly.Serious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad literary describes someone who looks very ill or very shocked, especially with a very pale face: You look ghastly - are you okay?The skin, and skin colour
ghastliness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
Serious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad
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