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ugly

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adjective ug·ly \ˈə-glē\

Definition of ugly

uglier

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ugliest

  1. 1 :  frightful, dire

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

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

  4. 4a :  likely to cause inconvenience or discomfort the ugly truthb :  surly, quarrelsome an ugly disposition

uglily

play \ˈə-glə-lē\ adverb

Examples of ugly in a Sentence

  1. an ugly shade of green

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

  3. 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


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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 English Language Learners

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ugly

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adjective ug·ly \ˈə-glē\

Definition of ugly for English Language Learners

  • : unpleasant to look at : not pretty or attractive

  • : unpleasant to hear

  • : offensive or disgusting


UGLY Defined for Kids

ugly

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adjective ug·ly \ˈə-glē\

Definition of ugly for Students

uglier

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ugliest

  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

ugliness

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