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.
- ug·li·ly, adverb
- ug·li·ness, noun
- su·per·ug·ly, adjective
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How to use ugly in a sentence
They would likely be a borderline playoff team at best without Thompson, and they would be susceptible to another ugly losing season should Curry miss any time along the way.NBA draft winners and losers: A win for LaMelo Ball, woe for the Warriors | Ben Golliver | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
Before you adopt a technology, there’s likely someone at your company whose job it is to perform the ugly, ungainly process of bringing together data and making sense of it before it can be used in marketing.Adopting a CDP is just the beginning: How Fingerhut’s parent planned a successful onboarding process | Sponsored Content: Tealium | November 13, 2020 | Search Engine Land
Aesthetically, The Howie Carr Show may speak to Newsmax’s biggest challenge in catching up to Fox News, which is that it’s ugly as hell.My two days watching Newsmax, the network waging war on Fox News from the right | Emily VanDerWerff | November 12, 2020 | Vox
I wouldn’t say I felt like an ugly duckling at all, but I didn’t get a ton of attention as a child or even as a teenager, honestly, until I started in the industry.
That means bigger pixels, which typically translates into less ugly digital noise in low-light situations and, generally, less reliance on features like Night Mode.The iPhone 12 Pro Max might be worth it—for the camera alone | Stan Horaczek | November 10, 2020 | Popular-Science
Lee makes a convincing case that the loveliness of much Renaissance art is inversely related to the moral ugliness of its patrons.
And considering the ugliness rising in his native land, Forgács must be seen as a political artist, whether he likes it or not.In Hands of Hungarian Artist, Jewish Home Movies of the ’30s a Warning of Coming Holocaust | Daniel Genis | October 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I can see vulgarity and ugliness anywhere I want to look, and I can see it for free.‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ Is an Empty Pit of Nihilism | Teo Bugbee | June 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
If we aspire to that personally and legislate for it publicly, the ugliness will dissipate.In Gay Rights Fights, Bullies Love to Play the Victim | Tim Teeman | April 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The ideology of bigotry can be found all over Europe, in fact, and its ugliness is spreading like gangrene, especially in France.
Does she think that I would sell myself to age, ill-temper and ugliness, for all the money in the Bank of England?The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie
Susy—our Susy—is the cause of this miracle of beauty in the midst of misery; this glowing gem in a setting of ugliness.The Garret and the Garden | R.M. Ballantyne
Had that ugliness and stubbornness been taken out of your heart, you would have been spared much suffering.The value of a praying mother | Isabel C. Byrum
He was singularly ugly, too, but his ugliness was of the clever, good-humoured type.The Seven Cardinal Sins: Envy and Indolence | Eugne Sue
Certainly, one could hardly find such in Paris, which is nevertheless as well stocked with ugliness.Chicot the Jester | Alexandre Dumas, Pere
British Dictionary definitions for ugly
of unpleasant or unsightly appearance
repulsive, objectionable, or displeasing in any way: war is ugly
ominous or menacing: an ugly situation
bad-tempered, angry, or sullen: an ugly mood
- uglily, adverb
- ugliness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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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