Ugly American

noun

Definition of Ugly American

: an American in a foreign country whose behavior is offensive to the people of that country

First Known Use of Ugly American

1965, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Ugly American

The Ugly American (1958), collection of stories by Eugene Burdick and William J. Lederer American authors

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“Ugly American.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Ugly%20American. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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