[ uhg-lee ]
/ ˈʌg li /
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adjective, ug·li·er, ug·li·est.
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.
OTHER WORDS FOR ugly
6 stormy, tempestuous.
OPPOSITES FOR ugly
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM uglyug·li·ly, adverbug·li·ness, nounsu·per·ug·ly, adjective
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How to use ugly in a sentence
And, when the handle turned and the organ played, all those four dogs lifted their noses on high and howled uglily.The Path of Life|Stijn Streuvels
He was ugly, that was all; nothing more nor less; in short, he was uglily ugly.The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 1 (of 8)|Guy de Maupassant
The manager, quivering with rage and glaring uglily, stepped up to Virginia.Lifted Masks|Susan Glaspell
"Then I want to tell you that he has no right to interfere with me," went on Napoleon Martell, uglily.The Rover Boys at Colby Hall|Arthur M. Winfield
"And don't forget that you knocked me down when you had no right to do it," he added uglily.The Rover Boys in the Land of Luck|Edward Stratemeyer
British Dictionary definitions for ugly
/ (ˈʌɡlɪ) /
adjective -lier or -liest
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
Derived forms of uglyuglily, adverbugliness, noun
Word Origin for ugly
C13: from Old Norse uggligr dreadful, from ugga fear
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Other Idioms and Phrases with ugly
In addition to the idioms beginning with ugly
- ugly as sin
- ugly customer
- ugly duckling
- rear its ugly head
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