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[oo kh, uhkh, uh, oo; spelling pronunciation uhg] /ʊx, ʌx, ʌ, ʊ; spelling pronunciation ʌg/
(used as an exclamation expressing disgust, aversion, horror, or the like).
the sound of a cough, grunt, or the like. Unabridged
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  • ugh, ugh, ugh,—what a sad rage for novelty there is in this foolish world!

  • I—I—ugh, ugh, I know what you want:—a consolidation and annihilation of the States.

  • ugh, winter in this place would be too dreadful to contemplate.

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
  • "ugh, um," she sputtered, as some of the flour flew into her eyes and nostrils.

    Patchwork Anna Balmer Myers
  • For instance, the hole might have been too tight to let you through, and then—ugh!

    The Kopje Garrison George Manville Fenn
British Dictionary definitions for ugh


/ʊx; ʊh; ʌh/
an exclamation of disgust, annoyance, or dislike
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for ugh

1765, imitative of the sound of a cough; as an interjection of disgust, recorded from 1837.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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