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Date: 1300-1400
Origin: gast 'to frighten' (11-17 centuries)

ghastly

adjective
     
ghast‧ly
1 very bad or unpleasant [= horrible]:
a ghastly little hotel
The whole thing was a ghastly mistake.
The weather was ghastly.
2 making you very frightened, upset, or shocked:
a ghastly accident
3

look/feel ghastly

to look or feel ill, upset, or unhappy:
Are you all right? You look ghastly!
ghastliness noun [uncountable]
WORD FOCUS: bad 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

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