[ UK /ˈʌɡli/ ]
[ US /ˈəɡɫi/ ]
  1. provoking horror
    an ugly wound
    an atrocious automobile accident
    an alarming, even horrifying, picture
    a frightful crime of decapitation
    war is beyond all words horrible
  2. morally reprehensible
    the vile development of slavery appalled them
    a slimy little liar
    would do something as despicable as murder
    ugly crimes
  3. inclined to anger or bad feelings with overtones of menace
    a surly waiter
    an ugly frame of mind
  4. displeasing to the senses
    ugly furniture
    an ugly face
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How To Use ugly In A Sentence

  • Just as she reached the stairs to enter the house, an ugly gelding cantered to a stop and the rotund rider ungracefully dismounted.
  • Heat the oil in a casserole dish, ideally one that fits the meat snugly (or use a large frying pan and then transfer the joint to a casserole dish).
  • Before this ugly edifice, and between it and the wheel-track of the street, was a grass-plot, much overgrown with burdock, pig-weed, apple-pern, and such unsightly vegetation, which evidently found something congenial in the soil that had so early borne the black flower of civilised society, a prison. The Scarlet Letter
  • Such quackeries do not make old people young and ugly girls pretty.
  • She has written a beautiful book about something horrifying and ugly. Times, Sunday Times
  • My vampires are actually ugly and do the freakiest thing: they eat people. Vampire Fashion Week!
  • They are also quite preternaturally ugly, bringing a rude abbreviation to the extension of the leg and drawing attention to the unbeautiful formlessness of the shoe, and the cheapness of its material and fabrication.
  • But she's not actually ugly; she's just pert and smart-mouthed and has a sexy voice, completely according with that rom-com genre convention of the comic sidekick to the heroine.
  • In fact, they are downright ugly. Times, Sunday Times
  • It looks ugly and feels sore. The Sun
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