Definitions for uglyˈʌg li

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ug•lyˈʌg li(adj.)-li•er, -li•est.

  1. very unattractive or displeasing in appearance.

  2. disagreeable:

    ugly weather.

  3. morally revolting:

    an ugly crime.

  4. threatening trouble or danger:

    an ugly wound.

  5. hostile; quarrelsome:

    an ugly mood.

Origin of ugly:

1200–50; ME ugly, uglike < ON uggligr fearful, dreadful


Princeton's WordNet

  1. ugly(adj)

    displeasing to the senses

    "an ugly face"; "ugly furniture"

  2. surly, ugly(adj)

    inclined to anger or bad feelings with overtones of menace

    "a surly waiter"; "an ugly frame of mind"

  3. despicable, ugly, vile, slimy, unworthy, worthless, wretched(adj)

    morally reprehensible

    "would do something as despicable as murder"; "ugly crimes"; "the vile development of slavery appalled them"; "a slimy little liar"

  4. atrocious, frightful, horrifying, horrible, ugly(adj)

    provoking horror

    "an atrocious automobile accident"; "a frightful crime of decapitation"; "an alarming, even horrifying, picture"; "war is beyond all words horrible"- Winston Churchill; "an ugly wound"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. ugly(adjective)ˈʌg li

    ≠ beautiful

    an ugly concrete building; She thinks he's ugly.

  2. uglyˈʌg li

    (of behavior or a situation) unpleasant, unkind, and sometimes violent

    his ugly, racist remarks; Then the situation turned ugly.; the ugliness of the design; We were appalled at the ugliness we saw at the rally.


  1. ugly(Noun)


  2. ugly(Adjective)

    Displeasing to the eye; not aesthetically pleasing.

  3. ugly(Adjective)

    Displeasing to the ear or some other sense.

  4. ugly(Adjective)

    Offensive to one's sensibilities or morality.

    He played an ugly trick on us.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ugly

    offensive to the sight; contrary to beauty; being of disagreeable or loathsome aspect; unsightly; repulsive; deformed

  2. Ugly

    ill-natured; crossgrained; quarrelsome; as, an ugly temper; to feel ugly

  3. Ugly

    unpleasant; disagreeable; likely to cause trouble or loss; as, an ugly rumor; an ugly customer

  4. Ugly(noun)

    a shade for the face, projecting from the bonnet

  5. Ugly(verb)

    to make ugly


  1. Ugly

    "Ugly" is a song by British girl group Sugababes from their fourth studio album, Taller in More Ways. Written and produced by Dallas Austin, inspiration for the song was conceptualised in the midst of reading negative comments about members of the band. The song released on 5 December 2005 in the United Kingdom as the second single from the album. "Ugly" is a midtempo pop song that contains lyrics about personality and body-image issues. It received comparisons to "Unpretty" by girl group TLC and "Beautiful" by Christina Aguilera. "Ugly" garnered positive reviews from music critics, many of whom praised the emotional and empowering concept behind it. The song peaked at number three on the UK Singles Chart. It achieved international commercial success, where it reached the top five in Denmark and New Zealand, and the top-ten the Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, the Netherlands and Norway. The song's accompanying music video is set in a warehouse in New York City, and features people of different ages and races showcasing their talents. The Sugababes have performed the song at the V Festival in both 2006 and 2008, and at the Indig02 in London, all of which received positive reviews from critics. "Ugly" has been used in schools within Wales to promote diversity and eliminate prejudice.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ugly' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4425

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ugly' in Adjectives Frequency: #784

Translations for ugly

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


unpleasant to look at

She is rather an ugly young woman.

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