Synonyms of ugly in English:


See definition of ugly


1‘an old man with a horribly ugly face’


unattractive, ill-favoured, hideous, plain, plain-featured, plain-looking, unlovely, unprepossessing, unsightly, displeasing, disagreeable

horrible, frightful, awful, ghastly, gruesome, grisly, unpleasant, foul, nasty, grim, vile, shocking, disgusting, revolting, repellent, repugnant, grotesque, monstrous, reptilian, misshapen, deformed, disfigured

North American homely

informal not much to look at, short on looks, as plain as a pikestaff, as ugly as sin, fugly

British informal no oil painting

NZ informal huckery


beautiful, attractive

2‘a huge fight ensued and things got pretty ugly’


unpleasant, nasty, alarming, disagreeable, tense, charged, serious, grave, dangerous, perilous, threatening, menacing, hostile, ominous, sinister

archaic direful

rare minacious


pleasant, calm, peaceable

3‘an ugly rumour’


horrible, unpleasant, disagreeable, despicable, reprehensible, nasty, horrid, appalling, objectionable, offensive, obnoxious, foul, vile, base, dishonourable, dishonest, rotten, vicious, spiteful, malevolent, evil, wicked