Ugly definition

ŭglē
Unpleasing to look at; aesthetically offensive or unattractive; unsightly.
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One that is ugly.
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(informal) Ill-tempered; cross.

An ugly mood.

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(chiefly southern us) Rude.

Don't be ugly with me.

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Unpleasant; disagreeable; likely to cause trouble or loss.

An ugly rumour; an ugly customer.

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Threatening or ominous.

Ugly black clouds.

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Repulsive or offensive; objectionable.

An ugly remark.

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(new england) Unmanageable. Used of animals, especially cows or horses.
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Marked by or inclined to anger or bad feelings; disagreeable.

An ugly temper; an ugly scene.

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Displeasing to the ear or some other sense.
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He played an ugly trick on us.

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Ill-natured; crossgrained; quarrelsome.

An ugly temper; to feel ugly.

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(slang, uncountable) Ugliness.
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(UK, informal, dated) A shade for the face, projecting from a bonnet.

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Likely to cause embarrassment or trouble.
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Displeasing to the eye; unsightly.
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Morally reprehensible; bad.
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Bad, vile, repulsive, offensive, objectionable, etc.

An ugly lie, habit, etc.

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Threatening; ominous.

Ugly storm clouds.

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Displeasing to the eye; not aesthetically pleasing.
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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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(informal) An ugly person or thing.
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(slang) An ugly person or thing.
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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
ugly
Comparative:
uglier
Superlative:
ugliest

Origin of ugly

  • Middle English frightful, repulsive from Old Norse uggligr from uggr fear

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary