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ugly

[uhg-lee] /ˈʌg li/
adjective, uglier, ugliest.
1.
very unattractive or unpleasant to look at; offensive to the sense of beauty; displeasing in appearance.
2.
disagreeable; unpleasant; objectionable:
ugly tricks; ugly discords.
3.
morally revolting:
ugly crime.
4.
threatening trouble or danger:
ugly symptoms.
5.
mean; hostile; quarrelsome:
an ugly mood; an ugly frame of mind.
6.
(especially of natural phenomena) unpleasant or dangerous:
ugly weather; an ugly sea.
Origin of ugly
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English ugly, uglike < Old Norse uggligr fearful, dreadful, equivalent to ugg(r) fear + -ligr -ly
Related forms
uglily, adverb
ugliness, noun
superugly, adjective
Synonyms
1. ill-favored, hard-featured, uncomely, unsightly, unlovely, homely. 3. base, heinous, vile, monstrous, corrupt. 4. disadvantageous, ominous. 5. surly, spiteful. 6. stormy, tempestuous.
Antonyms
1. beautiful.
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  • The ugliest, awkwardest frightfullest being, you can imagine.

  • The people here said that he was the ugliest man, and the most good-natured, that ever lived.

    The Room in the Dragon Volant J. Sheridan LeFanu
  • Here's a chance to show up the harbor on one of its ugliest, rottenest ideas!

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • I was thinking it the ugliest place with the ugliest of people, wondering how I had ever been able to live in it.

    Heather and Snow George MacDonald
  • He and his wife were said to be the ugliest couple in Plassans, and in addition were far from popular.

    A Zola Dictionary J. G. Patterson
British Dictionary definitions for ugliest

ugly

/ˈʌɡlɪ/
adjective -lier, -liest
1.
of unpleasant or unsightly appearance
2.
repulsive, objectionable, or displeasing in any way: war is ugly
3.
ominous or menacing: an ugly situation
4.
bad-tempered, angry, or sullen: an ugly mood
Derived Forms
uglily, adverb
ugliness, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old Norse uggligr dreadful, from ugga fear
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Word Origin and History for ugliest

ugly

adj.

mid-13c., uglike "frightful or horrible in appearance," from Old Norse uggligr "dreadful, fearful," from uggr "fear, apprehension, dread" (perhaps related to agg "strife, hate") + -ligr "-like." Meaning softened to "very unpleasant to look at" late 14c. Extended sense of "morally offensive" is attested from c.1300; that of "ill-tempered" is from 1680s.

Among words for this concept, ugly is unusual in being formed from a root for "fear, dread." More common is a compound meaning "ill-shaped" (e.g. Greek dyseides, Latin deformis, Irish dochrud, Sanskrit ku-rupa). Another Germanic group has a root sense of "hate, sorrow" (see loath). Ugly duckling (1877) is from the story by Hans Christian Andersen, first translated from Danish to English 1846. Ugly American "U.S. citizen who behaves offensively abroad" is first recorded 1958 as a book title.

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Slang definitions & phrases for ugliest

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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