IPA: ˈʌgɫi


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


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


  • Displeasing to the eye; aesthetically unpleasing.
  • Displeasing to the ear or some other sense.
  • Offensive to one's sensibilities or morality.
  • (Southern US) Ill-natured; crossgrained; quarrelsome.
  • Unpleasant; disagreeable; likely to cause trouble or loss.

Examples of "ugly" in Sentences

  • The picture is ugly.
  • They use ugly modish Americanisms.
  • She is frightened by the ugly building.
  • It's scary to the mind and ugly to the eye.
  • At the moment, the daydream is more of the ugly kind.
  • I was the ugly duckling, fat and clumsy and unpopular.
  • Adam Zeis, an editor at a website called, was wearing what he called an ugly Christmas sweater T-shirt.
  • "But I _wasn't_ in fun, you ugly, naughty, _ugly_ boy," retorted Hoodie, by this time most evidently losing her temper.
  • '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!
  • Must say the present head of Telstra would go under the title ugly american type but American's don't have a lock on arrogance.
  • The prime minister objected to what he called ugly remarks when Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said Turkey had meddled in Iraq's affairs.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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