- very unattractive or unpleasant to look at; offensive to the sense of beauty; displeasing in appearance.
- disagreeable; unpleasant; objectionable: ugly tricks; ugly discords.
- morally revolting: ugly crime.
- threatening trouble or danger: ugly symptoms.
- mean; hostile; quarrelsome: an ugly mood; an ugly frame of mind.
- (especially of natural phenomena) unpleasant or dangerous: ugly weather; an ugly sea.
Origin of ugly
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Examples from the Web for ugliest
Even Godzilla, the ugliest star attraction of them all, is bigger than ever, both at the box office and in sheer monstrous height.Can Tarzan of the Apes Survive in a Post-Colonial World?
November 23, 2014
I have seen the ugliest thoughts expressed, sometimes in verse, while using public restrooms.Blurred Lines at NY Sketchbook Museum
November 1, 2014
It would be a storybook ending to one of the ugliest chapters in history of American sports ownership.How to Rescue the Clippers From Donald Sterling’s Racist Clutches
April 29, 2014
You know how you just act the ugliest with the people you love the most?How 'Scandal' Star Bellamy Young Transformed Mellie Into Fans' Favorite Character
April 17, 2014
She conveys the ugliest things with matter-of-factness, helping to demystify death.Death Became Her: Molly Lefebure’s Wartime Years of Murder and Suicide
April 2, 2014
The ugliest, awkwardest frightfullest being, you can imagine.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
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
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
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
- of unpleasant or unsightly appearance
- repulsive, objectionable, or displeasing in any waywar is ugly
- ominous or menacingan ugly situation
- bad-tempered, angry, or sullenan ugly mood
Word Origin and History for ugliest
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.
Idioms and Phrases with ugliest
In addition to the idioms beginning with ugly
- ugly as sin
- ugly customer
- ugly duckling
- rear its ugly head