- 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 (â€œfearful, dreadful, horrible in appearanceâ€), from uggr (â€œfear, apprehension, dreadâ€) (possibly related to agg (â€œstrife, hateâ€)), equivalent to ug +â€Ž -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.