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Ugly appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • Slab myths I flesh to be bored: I, ugly man, ate lots of UFOs to let an amyl guide robe both selfish tymbals.
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective ugly:


The word ugly is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the adjective ugly

What does ugly mean as an attribute of a noun?

Ugly is one of the top 1000 most common adjectives in the English language.

adjective - degrees: more ugly / uglier | most ugly / ugliest

  1. displeasing to the senses
  2. inclined to anger or bad feelings with overtones of menace
  3. morally reprehensible
  4. provoking horror

Alternative definition of the adjective ugly


  1. Displeasing to the eye; not aesthetically pleasing.
  2. Displeasing to the ear or some other sense.
  3. Offensive to one's sensibilities or morality.

Definition of the noun ugly

What does ugly mean as a name of something?


  1. See ugliness.


  1. "Ugly" is a film, written and directed by Anurag Kashyap.
  2. "Ugly" a.k.a. "The Ugly" is a 1997 New Zealand horror film, the first feature directed and written by Scott Reynolds. The film starred Paolo Rotondo, Rebecca Hobbs, Jennifer Ward-Lealand, and Roy Ward. The film is about a psychiatrist that is meeting with a serial killer to determine whether or not he has been successfully cured. They delve into a journey through his past and his victims, and through this "The Ugly," a distorted allusion to the The Ugly Duckling, is revealed. It was nominated for best film awards at festivals in New Zealand, Portugal and the United States.


"Ugly" is a book by Donna Jo Napoli.

  • genres: Children's literature, Fiction
  • subjects: Mythology, Folklore, Animal, Duck


Ugly is a fictional character from the 1988 film The Romancing Star II.


  1. "Ugly" is a pop song by all-female British pop group Sugababes. It was written and produced by Dallas Austin for the band's fourth studio album. It is also the last single to feature founding member Mutya Buena. While the song peaked within the top 10 in the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, and the United Kingdom, "Ugly" entered the top twenty on the majority of all other charts it appeared on.
  2. "Ugly" is a song by Teddy Park and Kush from 2NE1 2nd Mini Album.
  3. "Ugly" is the second album released by American alternative metal band Life of Agony. Ugly was a considerable shift in sound from the hardcore and groove metal sounds of their 1993 debut River Runs Red. Although it still featured the band's trademark and pulverizing riffs, the gang vocals and pummelling double-kick drumming had been dropped, Caputo also opted for a cleaner vocal delivery - eschewing his previous baritone howl. Songs like 'Let's Pretend' and 'How It Would Be' display the album's more emotional turn and were written about Caputo's mother who had died when he was young. The opener, 'Seasons', was written about his relationship with his father. It was released in 1995 through Roadrunner Records. Sal Abruscato left the band after the album's tour in 1996, but later rejoined for their first reunion in 2002.
  4. "Ugly" was the lead single from American rap music artist Bubba Sparxxx's debut album, Dark Days, Bright Nights. The song was produced and featured guest vocals from famed producer Timbaland. The song features a sample of Missy Elliott's "Get Ur Freak On" and uncredited backing vocals by Elliott's former protégée Tweet.
  5. "Ugly" is a song by Jon Bon Jovi that was the final single released in 1998 from his second solo album, Destination Anywhere. The song features a music video which was released on the DVD Destination Anywhere: The Film.
  6. "Ugly" is the fifth full-length album by Screaming Females. The record was self produced by the band and engineered by Steve Albini in his studio Electrical Audio. The group embarked on a national tour to support the album on April 7, 2012.
  7. "Ugly" is the lead single from album Next by Heavy metal band Sevendust and was released in October 2005. The song had a fair amount of radio play.
  8. "Ugly" is a 2012 album by Souljah Boy feat. Chief Keef.
  9. "Ugly" is a musical single of Sugababes.
    • also known as Ugly (disc 2)
    • released on (10 years ago)
  10. "Ugly" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  11. "Ugly" is a musical single of Bubba Sparxxx.
    • released in (15 years ago)
  12. "Ugly" is a musical EP of G. V. Prakash Kumar, soundtrack.
    • released on
  13. "Ugly" is a composition.
  14. "Ugly" is a musical album of Life... But How to Live It?.
    • released in (24 years ago)
  15. "Ugly" is a composition.
  16. "Ugly" is a musical single of Violent Femmes.
    • released in (33 years ago)
  17. "Ugly" is a musical album of Wargasm.
    • released in (23 years ago)

Phrases with Ugly

Phrases starting with the word Ugly:

  1. Ugly Finder
  2. ugly duckling
  3. Ugly Milk-Cap

Phrases ending with the word Ugly:

  1. Butt-Ugly
  2. plug-ugly
  3. Coyote Ugly
  4. Hollywood Ugly

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Ugly

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Google previewThe Arthurian Name Dictionary (2013)

by Christopher W. Bruce

The “Ugly Appearance” was the image of a fierce creature whose gaze could turn a man to stone. Arthur's knight Greu delivered the realm of the Wise Lady from its terror, and Merlin dumped it into the gulf of Satellie. In Der Pleier's German ...

Google previewSimiles Dictionary (2013)

by Elyse Sommer

ugly as an artichoke —Anne Sexton Ugly as sin —Maria Edgeworth Ugly...

Google previewThe Dream Interpretation Dictionary (2017)

Symbols, Signs, and Meanings by J.M. DeBord

See also: Ego, Fisting, Fly, Foreign, Head, Sleep Paralysis, Space, Stranger, Unconscious Mind Ugly—Knowing that dreams create physical representations of personal situations, you can begin deciphering the symbolism of something ugly ...

Google previewEnglish-Cayuga/Cayuga-English Dictionary (2002)

by Frances Froman, Carrie Joan Dyck, Alfred Keye, Lottie Keye

ugly a-g-teht-geht s.o. turned funny (moody, etc.)...

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Video language resources about Ugly

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Sign language

The Ugly Duckling ASL Sign Language

Quotes about Ugly

Youth is
Ugly for

Old is the
Ugly for youth

Life is not only;
Beauty and ugly...!

Youth and old
Life days
Killing fat;

Making youth
For mind
Enjoy the life...

Making old
For mind
Think to do
Each and every
One of the life... (Otteri Selvakumar)
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Scrabble value of U1G2L1Y4

The value of this 4-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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