Definition of “ghastly” - English Dictionary

“ghastly” in British English

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ghastlyadjective

uk /ˈɡɑːst.li/ us /ˈɡæst.li/

unpleasant and shocking:

Today's newspaper gives all the ghastly details of the murder.

UK informal extremely bad:

What ghastly weather!
It was all a ghastly mistake.
I thought her outfit was ghastly.

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 /ˈɡɑːst.li.nəs/ us /ˈɡæst.li.nəs/

(Definition of “ghastly” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“ghastly” in American English

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ghastlyadjective

us /ˈɡæst·li/

frightening and shocking:

It was a ghastly crime.

(Definition of “ghastly” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)