from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having an ill or bad look; homely; plain.


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  • The last time, "I smiled," was for a man-at-arms who claimed he had been ill-looked by a Were Rider, and so lay with no life in his limbs.

    Year of the Unicorn

  • Nor did he produce me from his brain, as Jupiter that sour and ill-looked Pallas; but of that lovely nymph called Youth, the most beautiful and galliard of all the rest.

    In Praise of Folly

  • But a Dream that I had of two ill-looked ones, that I thought did plot how to make me miscarry in my Journey, that hath troubled me much; yea, it still runs in my mind, and makes me afraid of every one that I meet, lest they should meet me to do me a mischief, and to turn me out of the way.

    The Pilgrim’s Progress, in the Similitude of a Dream; The Second Part. Paras. 100-199

  • Never trust me if I had not a suspicion from the first that 'twas that ill-looked fellow B — who made that story Mr. D — told you.

    Letters from Dorothy Osborne to Sir William Temple (1652-54)

  • "Ubi tres medici duo athei," was, no doubt, in common use in Cardan's time; and he, as a doctor, would consequently be ill-looked upon by the champions of orthodoxy, who would certainly not be conciliated by the fact that he was the friend of Cardinal Morone.

    Jerome Cardan A Biographical Study

  • He had no weapons save a short sword and a whittle in his girdle; he was not ill-looked, black-bearded and ruddy-faced, and seemed strong-built, a man of about five and forty winters.

    The Sundering Flood

  • He was not so fair a youth as the other, tall and stark, red-haired, the hair cut short to his head, yet no ill-looked man neither, grey-eyed and firm-lipped.

    The Sundering Flood

  • Cibber, that ill-looked dog Macklin, or that saucy slut Mrs Clive?

    Joseph Andrews, Volume 2

  • As for the ill-looked persons that had given the alarm, it was now discovered that another unhappy gentleman, and not

    Amelia — Complete

  • Duchesse, a damned ill-looked woman, complaining of her Lord's going to sea the next year, said these cursed words: "If my Lord had been a coward he had gone to sea no more: it may be then he might have been excused, and made an Embassador" (meaning my Lord Sandwich).

    Diary of Samuel Pepys — Volume 40: November/December 1665


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