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Middle English , ugly , uggely , from uglike Old Norse ( uggligr “ fearful, dreadful, horrible in appearance ”), from ( uggr “ fear, apprehension, dread ”) (possibly related to ( agg “ strife, hate ”)), equivalent to + ug . Cognate with -ly Scots , ugly , uglie Icelandic . Meaning softened to "very unpleasant to look at" around the late 14th century, and sense of "morally offensive" attested from around 1300. ugglegur
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ugly ( comparative , uglier superlative ) ugliest
Displeasing to the eye; not aesthetically pleasing.
ugly view of his deformed crimes
O, I have passed a miserable night, / So full of
ugly sights, of ghastly dreams. Displeasing to the ear or some other sense.
Offensive to one's sensibilities or morality.
: 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 12, The Mirror and the Lamp
All this was extraordinarily distasteful to Churchill. It was ugly, gross. Never before had he felt such repulsion when the vicar displayed his characteristic bluntness or coarseness of speech. In the present connexion—or rather as a transition from the subject that started their conversation—such talk had been distressingly out of place.
He played an ugly trick on us. Ill-natured; crossgrained; quarrelsome.
an ugly temper; to feel ugly Unpleasant; disagreeable; likely to cause trouble or loss.
an ugly rumour; an ugly customer
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displeasing to the eye; not aesthetically pleasing
قبيح ( (ar) qabiiH), بشع ( (ar) bashi3)
خيب ( m khəyb), خيبة ( f khəyba) Armenian:
( տգեղ tgeł), ( colloquial, dialectal ) ( գեշ geš) Asturian:
( বিশ্রী bisri) Catalan:
( 樣衰 joeng), 6 seoi 1 ( 醜樣 cau), 2 joeng 6 ( 肉酸 juk) 6 syun 1 Mandarin:
, 難看 难看 ( (zh) nánkàn), 醜 ( (zh) chǒu), 媸 ( (zh) chī), 醜陋 , (zh) 丑陋 ( (zh) chǒulòu) Czech:
ošklivý , (cs) škaredý (cs) Dalmatian:
grim (da) Dutch:
lelijk (nl) Esperanto:
malbela (eo) Finnish:
ruma (fi) French:
laid , (fr) moche (fr) Galician:
feo (gl) Georgian:
( უშნო ušno) German:
hässlich (de) Greek:
άσχημος ( (el) áschimos) Hawaiian:
असुंदर ( m asundar) Hungarian:
csúnya , (hu) ronda (hu) Ido:
brutto (it) Japanese:
醜い ( (ja) みにくい, minikui), ( 見苦しい みぐるしい, migurushii), ( 格好悪い かっこわるい, kakkowarui) Jèrriais:
( 추악한 chuakhan) Krio:
, dēfōrmis foedus , (la) turpis (la) Latvian:
грд ( m grd) Norwegian:
stygg , (no) frastøtende Persian:
زشت ( (fa) zesht) Polish:
brzydki (pl) Portuguese:
feio (pt) , m feia (pt) f Romanian:
urât (ro) Russian:
безобразный ( (ru) bezobráznyj), уродливый ( (ru) uródlivyj), некрасивый ( (ru) nekrasívyj), стра́шный ( (ru) strášnyj) Scottish Gaelic:
ružan (sh) Slovak:
feo (es) Swedish:
ful (sv) Urdu:
( بدسورت badsūrat) Vietnamese:
xấu ( (vi) ), 醜 xấu xí (vi) Walloon:
laid (wa) , m laide , f laidès f pl ( preceding noun ) Welsh:
hyll (cy) Yiddish:
( מיאוס mies)
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.
(Can we find and add a quotation of Charles Kingsley to this entry?)