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ugly

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adjective ug·ly \ˈə-glē\

Simple Definition of ugly

  • : unpleasant to look at : not pretty or attractive

  • : unpleasant to hear

  • : offensive or disgusting

Full Definition of ugly

ug·li·erug·li·est

  1. 1 :  frightful, dire

  2. 2 a :  offensive to the sight :  hideous b :  offensive or unpleasant to any sense

  3. 3 :  morally offensive or objectionable <corruption—the ugliest stain of all>

  4. 4 a :  likely to cause inconvenience or discomfort <the ugly truth> b :  surly, quarrelsome <an ugly disposition>

ug·li·ly play \-glə-lē\ adverb

Examples of ugly

  1. an ugly shade of green

  2. They avoided what could have been an ugly situation.

  3. He has an ugly disposition.



Origin of ugly

Middle English, from Old Norse uggligr, from uggr fear; akin to Old Norse ugga to fear


First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with ugly


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ugly

adverb ug·ly

Definition of ugly

  1. :  in an ugly manner <was acting ugly>



14th Century

First Known Use of ugly

14th century



UGLY Defined for Kids

ugly

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adjective ug·ly \ˈə-glē\

Definition of ugly

ug·li·erug·li·est

  1. 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. 2 :  1offensive 1 <ugly habits>

  3. 3 :  likely to cause bother or discomfort :  troublesome <an ugly situation>

  4. 4 :  showing a mean or quarrelsome disposition <an ugly temper>

ug·li·ness noun




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