1200–50; Middle English ugly, uglike<Old Norse uggligr fearful, dreadful, equivalent to ugg(r) fear + -ligr-ly (Source:

Middle English from Old Norse uggligr ‘to be dreaded’, from ugga ‘to dread’. (Source:

Definitions of Ugliest



  1. very unattractive or unpleasant to look at; offensive to the sense of beauty; displeasing in appearance.
  2. disagreeable; unpleasant; objectionable:
  3. morally revolting:
  4. threatening trouble or danger:
  5. mean; hostile; quarrelsome:
  6. (especially of natural phenomena) unpleasant or dangerous:
  7. of unpleasant or unsightly appearance
  8. repulsive, objectionable, or displeasing in any waywar is ugly
  9. ominous or menacingan ugly situation
  10. bad-tempered, angry, or sullenan ugly mood



  1. Unpleasant or repulsive, especially in appearance.
  2. Involving or likely to involve violence or other unpleasantness.



  1. : offensive to the sight : hideous
  2. : offensive or unpleasant to any sense
  3. : morally offensive or objectionable corruption—the ugliest stain of all
  4. : likely to cause inconvenience or discomfort the ugly truth
  5. : surly, quarrelsome an ugly disposition
  6. : frightful, dire



  1. : in an ugly manner was acting ugly

Example sentences for Ugliest

  1. Even Godzilla, the ugliest star attraction of them all, is bigger than ever, both at the box office and in sheer monstrous height.
  2. I have seen the ugliest thoughts expressed, sometimes in verse, while using public restrooms.
  3. It would be a storybook ending to one of the ugliest chapters in history of American sports ownership.
  4. You know how you just act the ugliest with the people you love the most?
  5. She conveys the ugliest things with matter-of-factness, helping to demystify death.
  6. I stooped down rather unwillingly, and began patting the ugliest head I ever saw in my life.
  7. The ugliest of all the work is the cutting of the slots in which the springs are put.
  8. Your town down there is one of the ugliest and dirtiest in the kingdom: it might be the fairest.'
  9. Heaven is very opulent; has alchemy to change the ugliest substances into beautifulest.
  10. I always did say you had the sweetest eyes in the world—and the ugliest hats!

Related words & Synonyms

ill-favored, hard-featured, uncomely, unsightly, unlovely, homely, base, heinous, vile, monstrous, corrupt, disadvantageous, ominous, surly, spiteful, stormy, tempestuous



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