Simple Definition of ugly
: unpleasant to look at : not pretty or attractive
: unpleasant to hear
: offensive or disgusting
Full Definition of ugly
uglilyplay \-glə-lē\ adverb
Examples of ugly in a sentence
an ugly shade of green
They avoided what could have been an ugly situation.
He has an ugly disposition.
Origin and Etymology of ugly
Middle English, from Old Norse uggligr, from uggr fear; akin to Old Norse ugga to fear
First Known Use: 13th century
Definition of ugly
: in an ugly manner <was acting ugly>
UGLY Defined for Kids
Definition of ugly for Students
1 : unpleasant to look at : not attractive <He was an ugly dog, but already, I loved him with all my heart. — Kate DiCamillo, Because of Winn-Dixie>
2 : 1offensive 1 <ugly habits>
3 : likely to cause bother or discomfort : troublesome <an ugly situation>
4 : showing a mean or quarrelsome disposition <an ugly temper>
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