Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Disgusting; loathsome.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Ugly; horrible; disgusting; offensive, loathsome, repellent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Ugly; offensive; loathsome.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Ugly; hideous; disgusting; loathsome.

Etymologies

Middle English : uggen, to fear (from Old Norse ugga, from uggr, fear) + -some, characterized by; see -some1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From ug +‎ -some. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Castle of the Quest, and that her old mistress came to her from out of the Sending Boat to fetch her away, and brought her aboard, and stripped her of her rich garments and sat facing her, drawing ugsome grimaces at her; and she thought she knew that her friends were all dead and gone, and she had none to pity or defend her.

    The Water of the Wondrous Isles

  • And aye they gaed, and on they rade, till they came to a dark and ugsome glen, where they stopped, and the lady lighted down.

    Blue Fairy Book

  • When I came to her, I saw nought dreadful or ugsome about her: she was cheerful of countenance and courteous of demeanour, and greeted me kindly as one neighbour in the street of Wulstead might do to another.

    The Well at the World's End: a tale

  • Boat to fetch her away, and brought her aboard, and stripped her of her rich garments and sat facing her, drawing ugsome grimaces at her; and she thought she knew that her friends were all dead and gone, and she had none to pity or defend her.

    The Water of the Wondrous Isles

  • I found my Vivien full sick, and a weariful and ugsome time had I with her ere she recovered of her malady.

    In Convent Walls The Story of the Despensers

  • Ye're to come hame wi 'me frae this mou' o 'hell and ugsome (frightful) deith.

    Alec Forbes of Howglen

  • I cudna help thinkin 'what, notwithstan'in' the cheenge o 'han's i' the story, lay still to the pairt o 'the knicht; but hoo was ony man, no to say a mere ugsome serpent, to mint at sic a thing till a leddy, whether she was in steel beets an' spurs or in lang train an 'silver slippers?

    Sir Gibbie

  • 'For the young laird -- a feckless, ugsome, sickly wean he was, puir laddie -- a knight cam by, an' behoved to take him to the King.

    The Caged Lion

  • 'She did but pounce on yon unco ugsome bird, and these bloodthirsty grasping loons would have wrung her neck.'

    Two Penniless Princesses

  • And so I stood aside by the tree, an 'I laughed to look on the ugsome creturs as they swept close by me, tramp, tramp! and they never heeded me a jot; but some on 'em looked aslant at me with their glittering eyes, and showed their white teeth, as if they grinned, and were saying to me,

    Eugene Aram — Complete

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  • Even though I already loved this word, its being dialectical rather than slang somehow legitimizes it to me.

    November 9, 2010

  • The pine siskin darted away and they walked on past, now, thank God, the end of ugsome Rosslyn Park...

    - Malcolm Lowry, Gin and Goldenrod

    July 13, 2008

  • Scots - loathsome.

    December 8, 2007

  • And 'lo! the ugsome monster crept upon the manxome foe, drooling with anticipation of a toothsome, fulsome feast!

    September 30, 2007