Definition of


  1. (adj, all) provoking horror
    a frightful crime of decapitation
    an alarming, even horrifying, picture
    war is beyond all words horrible
    an ugly wound
  2. (adj, all) displeasing to the senses
    ugly furniture
  3. (adj, all) morally reprehensible
    ugly crimes
    the vile development of slavery appalled them
    a slimy little liar
  4. (adj, all) inclined to anger or bad feelings with overtones of menace
    an ugly frame of mind

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Antonyms of Ugly


Alternate forms of Ugly

Derivations: ugliness

Origin of the word Ugly

  1. 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 16… more

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Words that sound like Ugly

ugli, ukulele, usacil, uss cole, usual, usually, usuli

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