• Ugly Royalty
    Ugly Royalty
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj ugly provoking horror "an atrocious automobile accident","a frightful crime of decapitation","an alarming, even horrifying, picture","war is beyond all words horrible"- Winston Churchill","an ugly wound"
    • adj ugly displeasing to the senses "an ugly face","ugly furniture"
    • adj ugly morally reprehensible "would do something as despicable as murder","ugly crimes","the vile development of slavery appalled them","a slimy little liar"
    • adj ugly inclined to anger or bad feelings with overtones of menace "a surly waiter","an ugly frame of mind"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Fairy with ugly baby Fairy with ugly baby
The Ugly Duckling The Ugly Duckling
The ugly duckling grown up The ugly duckling grown up

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Oklahoma, people who make "ugly faces" at dogs may be fined and/or jailed.
    • n Ugly A shade for the face, projecting from the bonnet.
    • Ugly Ill-natured; crossgrained; quarrelsome; as, an ugly temper; to feel ugly.
    • Ugly Offensive to the sight; contrary to beauty; being of disagreeable or loathsome aspect; unsightly; repulsive; deformed. "The ugly view of his deformed crimes.""Like the toad, ugly and venomous.""O, I have passed a miserable night,
      So full of ugly sights, of ghastly dreams."
    • v. t Ugly To make ugly.
    • Ugly Unpleasant; disagreeable; likely to cause trouble or loss; as, an ugly rumor; an ugly customer.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It's illegal in Wilbur, Washington, to ride an ugly horse.
    • ugly Unpleasing or repulsive in appearance; offensive to the sight; of very disagreeable aspect.
    • ugly Morally repulsive or deformed; hideous; base; vile.
    • ugly Disagreeable; offensive; suggestive of or threatening evil; associated with disadvantage or danger: as, an ugly rumor of defeat.
    • ugly Ill-natured; cross-grained; quarrelsome; ill-conditioned.
    • ugly Threatening painful or fatal consequences; dangerous: as, an ugly blow; an ugly cut.
    • ugly Synonyms Unsightly, homely, ill-favored, hard-favored, hideous.
    • ugly Cross, sulky, morose, ill-tempered, crabbed.
    • n ugly pl. uglies (-liz). An ugly person.
    • n ugly A shade for the eyes worn as an appendage to the bonnet by women about the middle of the nineteenth century. It was generally of the character of a calash, but smaller. See sunshade .
    • ugly To make ugly; disfigure; uglify.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Meg Ryan turned down plum lead parts in the films "Steel Magnolias," "Pretty Woman," and "Silence of the Lambs." A few years after her rejection of "Silence of the Lambs," which earned Jodie Foster a Best Actress Oscar, Ryan disclosed to Barbara Walters in a television interview that she had felt the role "was dangerous and a little ugly. I felt it was too dark - for me."
    • adj Ugly ug′li offensive to the eye: deformed: hateful: ill-natured: very severe, dangerous, as an ugly wound
    • n Ugly (coll.) an ugly person: a hood formerly worn by ladies as a shade for the eyes
    • v.t Ugly (rare) to make ugly
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  • George Orwell
    “Part of the reason for the ugliness of adults, in a child's eyes, is that the child is usually looking upwards, and few faces are at their best when seen from below.”
  • Corra May Harris
    Corra May Harris
    “A woman would rather visit her own grave than the place where she has been young and beautiful after she is aged and ugly.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “What an ugly beast the ape, and how like us.”
  • Doug Horton
    “Beauty is variable, ugliness is constant.”
  • Jean Rostand
    “Beauty in art is often nothing but ugliness subdued.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “It is better to be beautiful than to be good, but it is better to be good than to be ugly.”


Ugly as a stick - (USA) If someone is as ugly as a stick, they are very ugly indeed.
Ugly duckling - An ugly duckling is a child who shows little promise, but who develops later into a real talent or beauty.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Icel. uggligr, fearful, dreadful; uggr, fear (akin to ugga, to fear) + -ligr,akin to E. -ly, like,). . Cf. Awe


In literature:

He is as ugly as they grow, but he isn't stupid.
"From the Housetops" by George Barr McCutcheon
Why had she given him all those ugly thoughts?
"The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story" by Various
In all the three weeks they remained his guests not an oath or an ugly word fell from his lips.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
She wore a short tailored skirt which ignored the ugly, skin-tight convention of the current fashion.
"Swirling Waters" by Max Rittenberg
Even the old, red-brick creamery, ugly in itself, is a thing of beauty when seen against a sunset sky.
"Green Valley" by Katharine Reynolds
Then he laughed, that ugly laugh which few men had heard and those few had remembered.
"Wolf Breed" by Jackson Gregory
The evening before they had loomed obscurely and interestingly but in broad daylight they were ugly.
"Red-Robin" by Jane Abbott
In age this loses its ugliness.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
I think there's something ugly in hiding things; and ugliness can't be meant.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
But yet the drawing-room of which I speak was ugly, and Alice knew that it was so.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope

In poetry:

God dwells in you; in pride and shame,
In all you do to blight or bless;
In all you are of praise and blame,
In beauty or in ugliness.
"Divine Creation" - What a fraud!
God did not make you . . . You make God.
"God's Battleground" by Robert W Service
Because of snaky things that creep
Through our soul's sea, dim-undulant,
Thou fill'st the mystery of thy deep
With faces heartless, grim, and gaunt;
That we may know how ugly seem
The things our spirit-oceans teem.
"This World" by George MacDonald
An' when she do walk hwome vrom church drough the groun',
Wi' woone eärm in mine, an' wi' woone a-hung down,
I do think, an' do veel mwore o' sheäme than o' pride,
That do meäke me look ugly to walk by her zide.
"The Maid Vor My Bride" by William Barnes
Young ladies, I hope you'll attend to my moral,
When you hear it, I'm sure you and I shall not quarrel:
If you're pretty, fine dress is not needed to show it;
If you're ugly, fine dress will make all the world know it.
"Bedfordshire Ballad - I" by E W Bowling
Who'll care? why the author of this ugly poem--
He'll care--for a reason--that all of you read it--
He'll care for the cash you'll give--Oh! how he needs it--
(Oh! what would you give, ladies dear, just to know him?--)
"He Moralizeth Upon What A Day May Bring Forth" by Horatio Alger Jr
It's pleasant here for dreams and thinking.
Lolling and letting reason nod, With ugly, serious people linking
Prayer-chains for a forgiving God. But a dumb blast sets the trees swaying
WIth furious zeal like madmen praying.
"The Boy In Church" by Robert Graves

In news:

When Crocs attack, an ugly shoe tale.
Our Heat Homer and Celtics Fanatic Get Ugly.
Pageant for beauties may be ugly financially.
Winning ugly still a positive for Packers.
While Obama readies an ugly campaign, Paul Ryan gives a serious account of what ails America.
Better to win ugly than lose pretty, Chapel Hill coach Issac Marsh said after his Tigers pulled out a 21-20 victory in overtime Friday over South Granville.
Good, bad and downright ugly.
When 3D means dingy, dull and downright ugly.
Arts and Culture When 3D means dingy, dull and downright ugly.
Ugly duckling had plenty of ticker.
UNM holds 'Ugly Duckling ' contest.
The University of New Mexico is having an "ugly duckling " contest.
To enter, take a photo of your "ugly duck ­ling" sug­ges­tion and email it to
Numbers mask ugly duckling .
Ugly Duckling Presse's super-bargain sale.

In science:

The x found by the algorithm above will have “ugly” coefficients with respect to a Chevalley basis.
Computing with nilpotent orbits in simple Lie algebras of exceptional type
The nature of the chemical process. 1. symmetry evolution - revised information theory, similarity principle and ugly symmetry.
Algorithmic complexity and randomness in elastic solids
The situation we are interested in is the ugly one: the algebraic framework is fixed by S while no hamiltonian operator exists for the physical system S .
$O^\star$-algebras and quantum dynamics: some existence results
All the computational technical details, which are theoretically not very hard but really complicated, ugly, and rather tedious for the reader, are moved to appendices.
Complementary cooperation, minimal winning coalitions, and power indices
From that point of view, we want a method that will allow us to determine σ ∗ absent an explicit expression (ugly or not).
Charged Radial Infall for Spherical Central Bodies