Definition of mean-looking in English:



  • Having the appearance of being vicious or aggressive.

    ‘the upstairs bar is heavily guarded by two mean-looking men’
    • ‘They were immediately and ignominiously ousted by an ever-present mean-looking bouncer.’
    • ‘The bar was full of mean-looking bikers.’
    • ‘These are huge, mean-looking semi-automatic weapons.’
    • ‘The following morning, after I had passed the night in the cells, a mean-looking sergeant came in.’
    • ‘A mean-looking mongrel burst out suddenly from a back garden.’
    • ‘He's got this mean-looking face with little raisiny eyes.’
    • ‘It's a very ugly, mean-looking piece of equipment which sends a chill down the spine.’
    • ‘People like to be scared by sharks; they're mean-looking, hungry for blood.’
    • ‘I've seen a lot of fish, even sharks and dolphins, but never anything as mean looking as that thing.’
    • ‘Then a mean-looking man in a striped uniform was called over.’
    • ‘He smiled, a mean looking smile, and nodded his head.’
    • ‘She had big, mean looking eyes.’
    intimidating, formidable, disconcerting, unnerving, unsettling, dismaying
    stern, forbidding, uninviting, unapproachable, aloof, distant