When someone describes somebody or something as beastly, they mean that they are very cruel or violent. They might use the word to describe a person or animal that is acting very aggressively.

  • The beastly dog attacked the child.

  • The beastly weather is making it difficult to go outside.

Definition of beastly


(informal) very unpleasant


god-awful, hellish


resembling a beast; showing lack of human sensibility


bestial, brutal, brute, brutish


in a beastly manner

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Example Sentences for beastly

  • 1

    The movie is called Beastly, based on the book Beastly by Alex Flinn.

  • 2

    He is confronted by the beastly creature.

  • 3

    Some people are simply beastly to endure.

  • 4

    The awards section formatting is pretty beastly.

  • 5

    The beastly attitude still exists in Japan.

  • 6

    But can they survive the beastly minions of the Dark Hand.

  • 7

    It's just a fact of life that people can be beastly.

  • 8

    Pete plays the cello, which is not quite as beastly.

  • 9

    Daley's responsible for a beastly political machine in Chicago.

  • 10

    The villians in the movie are Shreeky and Beastly in all the episodes.