• IPA: /ˈʌɡli/

ugly (comparative uglier, superlative ugliest)

  1. Displeasing to the eye; not aesthetically pleasing.
    • the ugly view of his deformed crimes
    • c. 1593, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Richard the Third: […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene iv]:
      O, I have passed a miserable night, / So full of ugly sights, of ghastly dreams.
  2. Displeasing to the ear or some other sense.
  3. Offensive to one's sensibilities or morality.
    He played an ugly trick on us.
  4. Ill-natured; crossgrained; quarrelsome.
    an ugly temper; to feel ugly
  5. Unpleasant; disagreeable; likely to cause trouble or loss.
    an ugly rumour; an ugly customer; an ugly wound
    With all this competition, expect things to get ugly.
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  1. (slang, uncountable) Ugliness.
    • 2009: Lady Gaga and RedOne, "Bad Romance":
      I want your ugly / I want your disease.
  2. (slang) An ugly person or thing.
  3. (UK, informal, dated) A shade for the face, projecting from a bonnet.

ugly (uglies, present participle uglying; past and past participle uglied)

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

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