\ often read as ˈəg How to pronounce ugh (audio) or ˈəḵ or ˈə How to pronounce ugh (audio) \

Definition of ugh

used to indicate the sound of a cough or grunt or to express disgust or horror

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Synonyms for ugh


faugh, fie, phew, phooey, rats, yech (or yecch), yuck (also yuk)

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Examples of ugh in a Sentence

ugh, this oven desperately needs to be cleaned

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Corn is technically a grain (ugh, so inconvenient), so that's also out. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "13 Whole30-Approved Summer Barbecue Recipes," 29 June 2017 So, six months past due, that’s not that bad, is it? Ugh. Brooks Headley, Bon Appetit, "How Not to Write a Cookbook," 2 May 2017

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First Known Use of ugh

1678, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ugh was in 1678

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English Language Learners Definition of ugh

informal used to show that you are annoyed, disgusted, or upset about something
\ ˈəg How to pronounce ugh (audio) \

Kids Definition of ugh

used to express disgust or horror

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to take the place or position of

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