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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [sin-uh-ster]
    • /ˈsɪn ə stər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [sin-uh-ster]
    • /ˈsɪn ə stər/

Definitions of sinisterly word

  • adjective sinisterly threatening or portending evil, harm, or trouble; ominous: a sinister remark. 1
  • adjective sinisterly bad, evil, base, or wicked; fell: his sinister purposes. 1
  • adjective sinisterly unfortunate; disastrous; unfavorable: a sinister accident. 1
  • adjective sinisterly of or on the left side; left. 1
  • adjective sinisterly Heraldry. noting the side of an escutcheon or achievement of arms that is to the left of the bearer (opposed to dexter). 1

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Origin of sinisterly

First appearance:

before 1375
One of the 22% oldest English words
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin: on the left hand or side, hence unfavorable, injurious

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Parts of speech for Sinisterly


sinisterly popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 90% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 75% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

sinisterly usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for sinisterly

adv sinisterly

  • eerily — uncanny, so as to inspire superstitious fear; weird: an eerie midnight howl.

adverb sinisterly

  • darkly — so as to appear dark.
  • morbidly — suggesting an unhealthy mental state or attitude; unwholesomely gloomy, sensitive, extreme, etc.: a morbid interest in death.

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