Definition of "ugly" [ug•ly]

  • Displeasing to the eye; unsightly. (adjective)
  • Repulsive or offensive; objectionable: an ugly remark. (adjective)
  • Chiefly Southern U.S. Rude: Don't be ugly with me. (adjective)
  • New England Unmanageable. Used of animals, especially cows or horses. (adjective)
  • Morally reprehensible; bad. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "ugly" in a sentence
  • ""But I _wasn't_ in fun, you ugly, naughty, _ugly_ boy," retorted Hoodie, by this time most evidently losing her temper."
  • "III.v. 62 (305, 9) [Foal is most foul, being foul to be a scoffer] [W: being found] The sense of the received reading is not fairly represented; it is, _The ugly seem most ugly, when, _ though _ugly, they are scoffers."
  • "Must say the present head of Telstra would go under the title ugly american type but American's don't have a lock on arrogance."