Beastly vs Savage - What's the difference?

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Beastly is a related term of savage.

As an adjective beastly

is (uk) pertaining to, or having the form, nature or habits of, a beast.

As an adverb beastly

is like a beast; brutishly.

As a proper noun savage is





  • (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.


    * (like a beast) bestial, animalian


    (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.




    (en adjective)
  • wild; not cultivated
  • a savage wilderness
  • * Dryden
  • savage berries of the wood
  • barbaric; not civilized
  • savage manners
  • * 1719-
  • I observed a place where there had been a fire made, and a circle dug in the earth, like a cockpit, where I supposed the savage wretches had sat down to their human feastings upon the bodies of their fellow-creatures.
  • * E. D. Griffin
  • What nation, since the commencement of the Christian era, ever rose from savage to civilized without Christianity?
  • fierce and ferocious
  • savage beasts
    a savage spirit
  • brutal, vicious or merciless
  • He gave the dog a savage kick.
    The woman was killed in a savage manner.
  • (UK, slang) unpleasant or unfair
  • - I'll see you in detention.
    - Ah, savage !


    (en noun)
  • (pejorative) An uncivilized or feral human; a barbarian.
  • * 1847 , , Tancred: or The New Crusade , page 251
  • 'Well, my lord, I don't know,' said Freeman with a sort of jolly sneer; 'we have been dining with the savages'.'
    'They are not '
    , Freeman.'
    'Well, my lord, they have not much more clothes, anyhow; and as for knives and forks, there is not such a thing known.'
  • (figuratively) A defiant person.
  • Verb

  • To attack or assault someone or something ferociously or without restraint.
  • (figuratively) To criticise vehemently.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-10, volume=408, issue=8848, magazine=(The Economist), author=Lexington
  • , title= Keeping the mighty honest , passage=British journalists shun complete respectability, feeling a duty to be ready to savage the mighty, or rummage through their bins. Elsewhere in Europe, government contracts and subsidies ensure that press barons will only defy the mighty so far.}}
  • (of an animal) To attack with the teeth.
  • (obsolete) To make savage.
  • * South
  • Its bloodhounds, savaged by a cross of wolf.