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ugly

[uhg-lee]
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adjective, ug·li·er, ug·li·est.
  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.
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Origin of ugly

1200–50; Middle English ugly, uglike < Old Norse uggligr fearful, dreadful, equivalent to ugg(r) fear + -ligr -ly
Related formsug·li·ly, adverbug·li·ness, nounsu·per·ug·ly, adjective

Synonyms

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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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Examples from the Web for uglier

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • If my views cannot be refuted by Edwards, I may wait long for an "uglier customer."

    Slavery Ordained of God

    Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.

  • Gholson took on an uglier pallor than before and went back into the house.

    The Cavalier

    George Washington Cable

  • If the Valley River was ugly from its bank it was uglier from its middle.

    Dwellers in the Hills

    Melville Davisson Post

  • There's that in you, Lena, which can console me for worse things, for uglier passages.

    Victory

    Joseph Conrad

  • You would hardly forget it, would you, sir, for I've seldom seen an uglier.


British Dictionary definitions for uglier

ugly

adjective -lier or -liest
  1. of unpleasant or unsightly appearance
  2. repulsive, objectionable, or displeasing in any waywar is ugly
  3. ominous or menacingan ugly situation
  4. bad-tempered, angry, or sullenan ugly mood
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Derived Formsuglily, adverbugliness, noun

Word Origin

C13: from Old Norse uggligr dreadful, from ugga fear
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Word Origin and History for uglier

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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with uglier

ugly

In addition to the idioms beginning with ugly

  • ugly as sin
  • ugly customer
  • ugly duckling

also see:

  • rear its ugly head
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