|Origin:||gast 'to frighten' (11-17 centuries)|
very bad or unpleasant [= horrible]:
a ghastly little hotel
The whole thing was a ghastly mistake.
The weather was ghastly.
making you very frightened, upset, or shocked:
a ghastly accident
to look or feel ill, upset, or unhappy:
Are you all right? You look ghastly!
—ghastliness noun [uncountable]WORD FOCUS: bad
very bad: awful, terrible, horrible, lousy informal, appalling, ghastly, atrocious, horrendous
bad, but not very bad: not very good, mediocre, second-rate, so-so, lacklustre
of bad quality: shoddy, inferior, poor quality, cheap, crummy informal
bad at doing something: be no good at something
very bad at doing something: hopeless, terrible, useless, lousy informal, incompetent
morally bad: evil, wicked, immoral, corrupt, sick, perverted, degenerate
➔ See also bad