synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of ugly in English

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  • ougly (obsolete)

Inherited from Middle English ugly, uggely, uglike, borrowed from Old Norse uggligr (fearful, dreadful, horrible in appearance), from uggr (fear, apprehension, dread) (possibly related to agg (strife, hate)), equivalent to ug +‎ -ly. Cognate with Scots ugly, uglie, Icelandic ugglegur. Meaning softened to "very unpleasant to look at" around the late 14th century, and sense of "morally offensive" attested from around 1300.

  • IPA(key): /ˈʌɡli/
  • Rhymes: -ʌɡli
  • Homophone: ugli

ugly (comparative uglier, superlative ugliest)

  1. Displeasing to the eye; aesthetically unpleasing.
  2. Displeasing to the ear or some other sense.
  3. Offensive to one's sensibilities or morality.
  4. (Southern US) Ill-natured; crossgrained; quarrelsome.
  5. Unpleasant; disagreeable; likely to cause trouble or loss.
  • (displeasing to the eye): hideous, homely, repulsive, unattractive, uncomely, unsightly
  • (displeasing to the ear or some other sense): displeasing, repulsive, unattractive
  • (offensive to one's sensibilities or morality): corrupt, immoral, vile
  • See also Thesaurus:ugly
  • (antonym(s) of displeasing to the eye): attractive, beautiful, gorgeous, handsome, pretty, sightly
  • (antonym(s) of displeasing to the ear or some other sense): attractive, pleasing
  • (antonym(s) of offensive to one's sensibilities or morality): moral
  • ug
  • Sranan Tongo: ogri

ugly (countable and uncountable, plural uglies)

  1. (slang, uncountable) Ugliness.
  2. (slang) An ugly person or thing.
  3. (logistics, informal) Any product whose size and shape prevents it from fitting neatly on a pallet.
  4. (UK, informal, dated) A shade for the face, projecting from a bonnet.

ugly (third-person singular simple present uglies, present participle uglying, simple past and past participle uglied)

  1. (transitive, nonstandard) To make ugly (sometimes with up).
  • guly

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