AskDefine | Define ugly

Dictionary Definition

ugly adj
1 displeasing to the senses and morally revolting; "an ugly face"; "ugly furniture"; "war is ugly" [ant: beautiful]
2 deficient in beauty; "ugly gray slums"
3 inclined to anger or bad feelings with overtones of menace; "a surly waiter"; "an ugly frame of mind" [syn: surly]
4 morally reprehensible; "would do something as despicable as murder"; "ugly crimes"; "the vile development of slavery appalled them" [syn: despicable, vile, unworthy]
5 threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments; "a baleful look"; "forbidding thunderclouds"; "his tone became menacing"; "ominous rumblings of discontent"; "sinister storm clouds"; "a sinister smile"; "his threatening behavior"; "ugly black clouds"; "the situation became ugly" [syn: baleful, forbidding, menacing, minacious, minatory, ominous, sinister, threatening]
6 provoking horror; "an atrocious automobile accident"; "a frightful crime of decapitation"; "an alarming, even horrifying, picture"; "war is beyond all words horrible"- Winston Churchill; "an ugly wound" [syn: atrocious, frightful, horrifying, horrible] [also: ugliest, uglier]

User Contributed Dictionary




From uggligr.


  1. displeasing to the eye; not aesthetically pleasing.
  2. displeasing to the ear or some other sense.
  3. offensive to one's sensibilities or morality.
    He played an ugly trick on us.


Extensive Definition

Ugly may refer to:
ugly in Dutch: Ugly

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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