(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)
- (slang, uncountable) Ugliness.
- (slang) An ugly person or thing.
- (UK, informal, dated) A shade for the face, projecting from a bonnet.
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 +"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.