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ugly

[ 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.

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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
ug·li·ly, adverbug·li·ness, nounsu·per·ug·ly, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ugly

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
uglily, adverbugliness, noun
C13: from Old Norse uggligr dreadful, from ugga fear
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