ugly etymology

English word ugly comes from Old Norse uggr (Fear, apprehension.), Old Norse -ligr

Detailed word origin of ugly

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
uggr Old Norse (non) Fear, apprehension.
-ligr Old Norse (non) Suffix used to create adjectives, having the sense of -y, -ly, -like.
uggligr Old Norse (non) Doubtful, questionable. To be feared.
uglike Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
ugly English (eng) (transitive, nonstandard) To make ugly (sometimes with up). Displeasing to the ear or some other sense.. Displeasing to the eye; not aesthetically pleasing.. Ill-natured; crossgrained; quarrelsome.. Offensive to one's sensibilities or morality.. Unpleasant; disagreeable; likely to cause trouble or loss. (UK, informal, dated) A shade for the face, projecting from a bonnet.. (slang) An ugly [...]