- 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.
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- 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: Middle English uglike from Old Norse uggligr, fearful, dreadful from uggr, fear, probably from Indo-European base an unverified form a-, sharp from source Glassical Greek akē, a point
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adjective ug·li·er, ug·li·est
- Displeasing to the eye; unsightly.
- a. Repulsive or offensive; objectionable: an ugly remark.b. Chiefly Southern U.S. 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.
Origin: Middle English, frightful, repulsive, from Old Norse uggligr, from uggr, fear.
- ugˈli·ly adverb
- ugˈli·ness noun