Beastly vs Beastlike - What's the difference?

beastly | beastlike | Synonyms |

Beastly is a synonym of beastlike.


As adjectives the difference between beastly and beastlike

is that beastly is (uk) pertaining to, or having the form, nature or habits of, a beast while beastlike is resembling a beast or some aspect of one.

As an adverb beastly

is like a beast; brutishly.

beastly

English

Adjective

(en-adj)
  • (UK) Pertaining to, or having the form, nature or habits of, a beast.
  • (UK) Characterizing the nature of a beast; contrary to the nature and dignity of man; brutal; filthy.
  • (UK, dated) Abominable.
  • beastly weather

    Usage notes

    Most often used pejoratively. is more narrow, though also often used pejoratively.

    Synonyms

    * (like a beast) bestial, animalian

    Adverb

    (en adverb)
  • Like a beast; brutishly.
  • * 1590 , (Edmund Spenser), The Faerie Queene , III.8:
  • Beastly he threwe her downe, ne car'd to spill / Her garments gay with scales of fish that all did fill.
  • * 1901 , The Literary World - Volume 63 - Page 35:
  • They have insulted me most beastly . Moreover, they are, everyone of them, black-satan filthmen.

    beastlike

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Resembling a beast or some aspect of one.
  • Synonyms

    * beastly