Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “ghastly”

See all translations

ghastly

adjective uk   /ˈɡɑːst.li/ us    /ˈɡæst-/
informal unpleasant and shocking: Today's newspaper gives all the ghastly details of the murder. informal extremely bad: What ghastly weather! It was all a ghastly mistake. I thought her outfit was ghastly. literary If someone looks ghastly, they look very ill or very shocked, especially with a very pale face: You look ghastly - are you okay?
ghastliness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
(Definition of ghastly from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of ghastly?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “ghastly” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

shampoo

a liquid used for washing hair, or for washing particular objects or materials

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

crossfit noun

March 23, 2015
high-intensity strength training Two women in strappy dresses discussed how much weight they could snatch

Read More