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ugly

adjective ug·ly \ ˈə-glē \

Definition of ugly

uglier; ugliest
2 a :offensive to the sight :hideous
b :offensive or unpleasant to any sense
3 :morally offensive or objectionable
  • corruption—the ugliest stain of all
4 a :likely to cause inconvenience or discomfort
  • the ugly truth
b :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

Definition of ugly

:in an ugly manner
  • was acting ugly

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First Known Use of ugly

14th century



UGLY Defined for English Language Learners

ugly

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

adjective ug·ly \ ˈə-glē \

Definition of ugly for Students

uglier; ugliest
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 :1offensive 1
  • ugly habits
3 :likely to cause bother or discomfort :troublesome
  • an ugly situation
4 :showing a mean or quarrelsome disposition
  • an ugly temper

ugliness

noun


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