Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “ugly”

ugly

adjective (NOT ATTRACTIVE)    /ˈʌɡ.li/
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).Not attractive to look atSerious and unpleasant ugliness     /-nəs/ noun [U] the ugliness of the buildingsNot attractive to look atSerious and unpleasantViolent or aggressiveUnkind, cruel and unfeelingTreating people or animals badly
(Definition of ugly adjective (NOT ATTRACTIVE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of ugly

Definitions of “ugly” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

work out

to exercise in order to improve the strength or appearance of your body

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More