ugly

[uhg-lee]
adjective, uglier, ugliest.
1.
very unattractive or unpleasant to look at; offensive to the sense of beauty; displeasing in appearance.
2.
disagreeable; unpleasant; objectionable: ugly tricks; ugly discords.
3.
morally revolting: ugly crime.
4.
threatening trouble or danger: ugly symptoms.
5.
mean; hostile; quarrelsome: an ugly mood; an ugly frame of mind.
6.
(especially of natural phenomena) unpleasant or dangerous: ugly weather; an ugly sea.

Origin:
1200–50; Middle English ugly, uglike < Old Norse uggligr fearful, dreadful, equivalent to ugg(r) fear + -ligr -ly

uglily, adverb
ugliness, noun
superugly, adjective


1. ill-favored, hard-featured, uncomely, unsightly, unlovely, homely. 3. base, heinous, vile, monstrous, corrupt. 4. disadvantageous, ominous. 5. surly, spiteful. 6. stormy, tempestuous.


1. beautiful.
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ugly (ˈʌɡlɪ)
 
adj , -lier, -liest
1.  of unpleasant or unsightly appearance
2.  repulsive, objectionable, or displeasing in any way: war is ugly
3.  ominous or menacing: an ugly situation
4.  bad-tempered, angry, or sullen: an ugly mood
 
[C13: from Old Norse uggligr dreadful, from ugga fear]
 
'uglily
 
adv
 
'ugliness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

ugly
mid-13c., uglike "frightful or horrible in appearance," from O.N. uggligr "dreadful, fearful," from uggr "fear, apprehension, dread" (perhaps related to agg "strife, hate") + -ligr "-like." Meaning softened to "very unpleasant to look at" late 14c. Extended sense of "morally offensive" is attested from
c.1300; that of "ill-tempered" is from 1680s. Among words for this concept, ugly is unusual in being formed from a root for "fear, dread." More common is a compound meaning "ill-shaped" (e.g. Gk. dyseides, L. deformis, Ir. dochrud, Skt. ku-rupa). Another Gmc. group has a root sense of "hate, sorrow" (see loath). Verb uglify is attested from 1570s. Ugly duckling (1877) is from the story by Hans Christian Andersen, first translated from Danish to English 1846. Ugly American "U.S. citizen who behaves offensively abroad" is first recorded 1958 as a book title.
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Idioms & Phrases

ugly

In addition to the idioms beginning with ugly, also see rear its ugly head.

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Example sentences
Not to go on about it, but my poached eggs are ugly and unpleasant.
It's time to retire that ugly window air-conditioner for the winter.
It is an open and ugly secret that many colleges still weigh such factors in
  faculty hiring decisions.
Some people think wind turbines are ugly and complain about the noise the
  machines make.
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