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Meaning of “ugly” in the English Dictionary

"ugly" in British English

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uglyadjective

uk   us   /ˈʌɡ.li/
  • ugly adjective (NOT ATTRACTIVE)

B1 unpleasant to ​look at; not ​attractive: I ​think a lot of ​modernarchitecture is very ugly. Yesterday I ​saw the ugliest ​baby I've ​everseen in my ​life. I ​feel really ​fat and ugly today. He was a really ​unpleasant man and as ugly as ​sin (= very ugly).

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ugliness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
the ugliness of the ​buildings
(Definition of ugly from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ugly" in American English

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uglyadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /ˈʌɡ·li/
extremelyunattractive in ​appearance: He’s a really ugly ​dog.
unpleasant and ​threatening or ​violent: This ​policy could have some ugly ​consequences.
(Definition of ugly from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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