sinister Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “sinister” in the English Dictionary

"sinister" in British English

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uk   /ˈsɪn.ɪ.stər/  us   /-stɚ/
making you ​feel that something ​bad or ​evil might ​happen: The ​ruinedhouse had a sinister ​appearance. A sinister-looking man ​sat in the ​corner of the ​room.
(Definition of sinister from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sinister" in American English

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sinisteradjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈsɪn·ə·stər/
evil, or ​suggesting that something ​evil is going to ​happen: She has ​dark, sinister ​eyes that make you ​nervous when she ​looks at you.
(Definition of sinister from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “sinister”
in Spanish siniestro…
in Vietnamese mang điềm xấu…
in Malaysian jahat…
in Thai เป็นลางร้าย…
in French sinistre…
in German unheilvoll…
in Chinese (Simplified) 不祥的,有凶兆的…
in Turkish uğursuz, meşum, netameli…
in Russian зловещий…
in Indonesian berfirasat buruk…
in Chinese (Traditional) 不祥的,有凶兆的…
in Polish złowrogi, złowieszczy…
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