[ookh, uhkh, uh, oo; spelling pronunciation uhg]


(used as an exclamation expressing disgust, aversion, horror, or the like).


the sound of a cough, grunt, or the like. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for ugh

exclamation, wow, amen, hello, alas, boo, hurrah, ahem, oh, whoopee, hooray, shucks, er, ouch, rah, ah, egad, golly, hey, huh

Examples from the Web for ugh

Contemporary Examples of ugh

Historical Examples of ugh

  • 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.

  • "Ugh, um," she sputtered, as some of the flour flew into her eyes and nostrils.


    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



an exclamation of disgust, annoyance, or dislike
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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