adjective, ug·li·er, ug·li·est.
Origin of ugly
Examples from the Web for ugly
Some longtime local acquaintances are struggling to square the man they know with the ugly associations.No. 3 Republican Admits Talking to White Supremacist Conference|Tim Mak|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Of those, 1,980 used the term “cute”, while just 12 mentioned the word “ugly”.
Two seasons ago, the show killed off its main romantic interest, Matthew Crawley, in an ugly car accident.
After mom cries out in anguish and frustration on hearing the verdict, the ugly side of the protests rears its head.Michael Brown’s Stepfather Tells Crowd, ‘Burn This Bitch Down’|Jack Holmes, The Daily Beast Video|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Adding fuel to the fire was an often ugly war of words between Mr. Gelb and the unions, both in the press and on social media.
"My case is rather an ugly one to look back upon, truly," Charter granted.She Buildeth Her House|Will Comfort
It is so ugly that it is worth nothing, except as a curiosity; and if it ceased to be a curiosity it would be quite valueless.A Year in a Lancashire Garden|Henry Arthur Bright
She went by the name of the Carp, and she was very squat, small and ugly, her telescopic conning tower being of hard canvas.Studies in love and in terror|Marie Belloc Lowndes
Human nature is a hateful, ugly thing; there is no use in thinking about it.The Good Comrade|Una L. Silberrad
Hephaistos, the god of fire, is figured with a hammer and in the form of a lame and ugly blacksmith.History Of Ancient Civilization|Charles Seignobos
adjective -lier or -liest
Word Origin for ugly
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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with ugly
- ugly as sin
- ugly customer
- ugly duckling
- rear its ugly head