- The definition of ugly is someone or something that is visually unpleasing, or something that is threatening.
- An example of an ugly person is someone who is very unattractive and unpleasant to look at.
- An example of an ugly attitude is a person who is mean and pessimistic all the time.
- An example of ugly weather is a dark sky with storm clouds.
An ugly mess.
- unpleasing to look at; aesthetically offensive or unattractive; unsightly
- bad, vile, repulsive, offensive, objectionable, etc.: an ugly lie, habit, etc.
- threatening; ominous: ugly storm clouds
- Informal ill-tempered; cross: an ugly mood
Origin of uglyMiddle English uglike ; from Old Norse uggligr, fearful, dreadful ; from uggr, fear, probably ; from Indo-European base an unverified form a-, sharp from source Classical Greek akē, a point
- Displeasing to the eye; unsightly.
- a. Repulsive or offensive; objectionable: an ugly remark.b. Chiefly Southern US Rude: Don't be ugly with me.c. New England Unmanageable. Used of animals, especially cows or horses.
- Morally reprehensible; bad.
- Threatening or ominous: ugly black clouds.
- a. Likely to cause embarrassment or trouble: “Public opinion in both nations could take an ugly turn” (George R. Packard).b. Marked by or inclined to anger or bad feelings; disagreeable: an ugly temper; an ugly scene.
nounpl. ug·lies Informal
Origin of uglyMiddle English, frightful, repulsive, from Old Norse uggligr, from uggr, fear.
(comparative uglier, superlative ugliest)
- Displeasing to the eye; not aesthetically pleasing.
- Displeasing to the ear or some other sense.
- Offensive to one's sensibilities or morality.
- He played an ugly trick on us.
- Ill-natured; crossgrained; quarrelsome.
- an ugly temper; to feel ugly
- Unpleasant; disagreeable; likely to cause trouble or loss.
- an ugly rumour; an ugly customer
(countable and uncountable, plural uglies)
From Middle English ugly, uggely, uglike, from Old Norse uggligr (“fearful, dreadful, horrible in appearance”), from uggr (“fear, apprehension, dread”) (possibly related to agg (“strife, hate”)), equivalent to ug + -ly. Cognate with Scots ugly, uglie, Icelandic ugglegur. Meaning softened to "very unpleasant to look at" around the late 14th century, and sense of "morally offensive" attested from around 1300.