adjective, ug·li·er, ug·li·est.
Origin of ugly
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?|Ted Gioia|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I have seen the ugliest thoughts expressed, sometimes in verse, while using public restrooms.
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|Jesse Lawrence|April 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Kevin Fallon|April 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Tim Teeman|April 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I stooped down rather unwillingly, and began patting the ugliest head I ever saw in my life.Patience Wins|George Manville Fenn
The ugliest of all the work is the cutting of the slots in which the springs are put.Illustrated Science for Boys and Girls|Anonymous
Your town down there is one of the ugliest and dirtiest in the kingdom: it might be the fairest.'Beauchamp's Career, Complete|George Meredith
Heaven is very opulent; has alchemy to change the ugliest substances into beautifulest.History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. IX. (of XXI.)|Thomas Carlyle
I always did say you had the sweetest eyes in the world—and the ugliest hats!What a Man Wills|Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
British Dictionary definitions for ugliest
adjective -lier or -liest
Word Origin for ugly
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