Alternative forms 
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.
ugly (comparative uglier, superlative ugliest)
- Displeasing to the eye; not aesthetically pleasing.
- Displeasing to the ear or some other sense.
- Offensive to one's sensibilities or morality.
- He played an ugly trick on us.
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displeasing to the eye; not aesthetically pleasing
- Arabic: قبيح (ar) (qabiiH), بشع (ar) (bashi3)
- Armenian: տգեղ (hy) (tgeġ), (colloquial, dialectal) գեշ (hy) (geš)
- Bengali: বিশ্রী (bn) (bisri)
- Catalan: lleig (ca) m, lletja (ca) f
- Chamicuro: mache'c̈homa
- Cantonese: 樣衰
- Mandarin: 難看 (cmn), 难看 (cmn) (nánkàn), 醜 (cmn) (chǒu), 媸 (cmn) (chī), 醜陋 (cmn), 丑陋 (cmn) (chǒulòu)
- Czech: ošklivý (cs), škaredý (cs)
- Dalmatian: brot
- Dutch: lelijk (nl)
- Esperanto: malbela (eo)
- Finnish: ruma (fi)
- French: laid (fr) m, laide (fr) f, moche (fr)
- Georgian: please add this translation if you can
- German: hässlich (de)
- Greek: άσχημος (el) (áschimos)
- Hindi: असुंदर (hi) (asundar) m
- Hungarian: csúnya (hu), ronda (hu)
- Ido: leda (io)
- Irish: gránna (ga)
- Italian: brutto (it) m, brutta (it) f
- Japanese: 醜い (ja) (みにくい, minikui), 見苦しい (ja) (みぐるしい, migurushii), 格好悪い (ja) (かっこわるい, kakkowarui)
displeasing to the ear or some other sense
offensive to one's sensibilities or morality
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ugly (countable and uncountable; plural uglies)
- (slang, uncountable) ugliness
- (slang) An ugly person or thing.
- (UK, informal, dated) A shade for the face, projecting from a bonnet.
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