Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “ugly”

See all translations

ugly

adjective uk   /ˈʌɡ.li/ us  

ugly adjective (NOT ATTRACTIVE)

B1 unpleasant to look at; not attractive: I find a lot of modern architecture very ugly. Yesterday I saw the ugliest baby I've ever seen in my life. I feel really fat and ugly today. He was a really unpleasant man and as ugly as sin (= very ugly).
More examples

ugly adjective (THREATENING)

C2 unpleasant and threatening or violent: There were ugly scenes outside the stadium. The demonstration turned ugly when a group of protesters started to throw bottles at the police.
ugliness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
the ugliness of the buildings
(Definition of ugly from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of ugly?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “ugly” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

make believe

believing or imagining things that appear to be attractive or exciting, but are not real

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

showrooming noun

February 23, 2015
the activity of examining a product in a physical store and then making the purchase with an online retailer Amazon’s new smartphone is specifically designed to make showrooming fast and easy.

Read More