from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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. ugliness
- n. An ugly person or thing.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Offensive to the sight; contrary to beauty; being of disagreeable or loathsome aspect; unsightly; repulsive; deformed.
- adj. Ill-natured; crossgrained; quarrelsome
- adj. Unpleasant; disagreeable; likely to cause trouble or loss.
- n. A shade for the face, projecting from the bonnet.
- transitive v. To make ugly.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. morally reprehensible
- adj. provoking horror
- adj. displeasing to the senses
- adj. inclined to anger or bad feelings with overtones of menace
Middle English, frightful, repulsive, from Old Norse uggligr, from uggr, fear.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)