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UGLY (uglier, ugliest)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does ugly mean? 

UGLY (adjective)
  The adjective UGLY has 4 senses:

1. displeasing to the senses
2. inclined to anger or bad feelings with overtones of menace
3. morally reprehensible
4. provoking horror

  Familiarity information: UGLY used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

UGLY (adjective)

Sense 1ugly [BACK TO TOP]


Displeasing to the senses

Context examples:

an ugly face / ugly furniture


unsightly (unpleasant to look at)

unlovely; unpicturesque (without beauty or charm)

scrofulous (having a diseased appearance resembling scrofula)

ill-favored; ill-favoured (usually used of a face)

hideous; repulsive (so extremely ugly as to be terrifying)

grotesque; monstrous; unnatural (distorted and unnatural in shape or size; abnormal and hideous)

fugly ((slang) extremely ugly)

evil-looking (having an evil appearance)

disfigured (having the appearance spoiled)


unattractive (lacking beauty or charm)

awkward (lacking grace or skill in manner or movement or performance)

displeasing (causing displeasure or lacking pleasing qualities)


beauty (the qualities that give pleasure to the senses)


beautiful (delighting the senses or exciting intellectual or emotional admiration)

Sense 2ugly [BACK TO TOP]


Inclined to anger or bad feelings with overtones of menace


surly; ugly

Context examples:

a surly waiter / an ugly frame of mind


ill-natured (having an irritable and unpleasant disposition)

Sense 3ugly [BACK TO TOP]


Morally reprehensible


despicable; vile; worthless; unworthy; slimy; ugly; wretched

Context examples:

would do something as despicable as murder / ugly crimes / the vile development of slavery appalled them / a slimy little liar


evil (morally bad or wrong)

Sense 4ugly [BACK TO TOP]


Provoking horror


frightful; horrible; horrifying; atrocious; ugly

Context examples:

an atrocious automobile accident / a frightful crime of decapitation / an alarming, even horrifying, picture / war is beyond all words horrible / an ugly wound


alarming (causing alarm or fear)

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