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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.

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Origin and Etymology of ugly

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


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ugly

adverb ug·ly

Definition of ugly

  1. :  in an ugly manner was acting ugly

First Known Use of ugly

14th century



UGLY Defined for English Language Learners

ugly

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adjective

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

noun


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