noun, plural plug·ug·lies. Informal.

a ruffian; rowdy; tough.

Origin of plugugly

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60; plug + ugly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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informal extremely ugly

noun plural -lies

US slang a city tough; ruffian

Word Origin for plug-ugly

C19: origin obscure; originally applied to ruffians in New York who attempted to exert political pressure
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Word Origin and History for plug-ugly

"ruffian," 1856, originally in Baltimore, Maryland, from plug (n.), American English slang name for the stovepipe hats then popular among young men, + ugly.

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