American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Displeasing to the eye; unsightly.
- adj. Repulsive or offensive; objectionable: an ugly remark.
- adj. Chiefly Southern U.S. Rude: Don't be ugly with me.
- adj. New England Unmanageable. Used of animals, especially cows or horses.
- adj. Morally reprehensible; bad.
- adj. Threatening or ominous: ugly black clouds.
- adj. Likely to cause embarrassment or trouble: "Public opinion in both nations could take an ugly turn” ( George R. Packard).
- adj. Marked by or inclined to anger or bad feelings; disagreeable: an ugly temper; an ugly scene.
- n. Informal One that is ugly.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Unpleasing or repulsive in appearance; offensive to the sight; of very disagreeable aspect.
- Morally repulsive or deformed; hideous; base; vile.
- Disagreeable; offensive; suggestive of or threatening evil; associated with disadvantage or danger: as, an ugly rumor of defeat.
- Ill-natured; cross-grained; quarrelsome; ill-conditioned.
- Threatening painful or fatal consequences; dangerous: as, an ugly blow; an ugly cut.
- Synonyms Unsightly, homely, ill-favored, hard-favored, hideous.
- Cross, sulky, morose, ill-tempered, crabbed.
- n. pl. uglies (-liz). An ugly person.
- n. A shade for the eyes worn as an appendage to the bonnet by women about the middle of the nineteenth century. It was generally of the character of a calash, but smaller. See sunshade .
- To make ugly; disfigure; uglify.
- adj. Displeasing to the eye; not aesthetically pleasing.
- adj. Displeasing to the ear or some other sense.
- adj. Offensive to one's sensibilities or morality.
- n. slang, uncountable ugliness
- n. slang An ugly person or thing.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Offensive to the sight; contrary to beauty; being of disagreeable or loathsome aspect; unsightly; repulsive; deformed.
- adj. Colloq. U. S. Ill-natured; crossgrained; quarrelsome.
- adj. colloq. Unpleasant; disagreeable; likely to cause trouble or loss.
- n. Colloq. Eng. A shade for the face, projecting from the bonnet.
- v. rare To make ugly.
- adj. morally reprehensible
- adj. provoking horror
- adj. displeasing to the senses
- adj. inclined to anger or bad feelings with overtones of menace
- From Middle English ugly, uggely, uglike, 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. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, frightful, repulsive, from Old Norse uggligr, from uggr, fear. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“But I _wasn't_ in fun, you ugly, naughty, _ugly_ boy," retorted Hoodie, by this time most evidently losing her temper.”
“III.v. 62 (305, 9) [Foal is most foul, being foul to be a scoffer] [W: being found] The sense of the received reading is not fairly represented; it is, _The ugly seem most ugly, when, _ though _ugly, they are scoffers.”
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“He testified that he worked on Sept. 11, 2001, and continued working at Ground Zero for months while engaged in what he called an "ugly" custody battle for his 14-year-old daughter.”
“The prime minister objected to what he called ugly remarks when Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said Turkey had meddled in Iraq's affairs.”
“The fact that art is constantly using what we call the ugly as well as what we call the commonplace, and turning both these into new forms of beauty, is a fact that considerably complicates the situation.”
“Well, I don't know what you call ugly,' he answered, 'but if you had seen her stare, you would have thought her ugly enough!”
“The defense secretary's Conservative Party supporters fought back Wednesday against what they called an ugly smear campaign against the 50-year-old Fox, who married in 2005, with his former flatmate Werritty serving as best man.”
“He did not elaborate or describe what he meant by the word "ugly.”
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