Unattractive vs Ugly - What's the difference?

unattractive | ugly | Synonyms |

Unattractive is a synonym of ugly.

As adjectives the difference between unattractive and ugly

is that unattractive is not handsome or beautiful or appealing while ugly is displeasing to the eye; not aesthetically pleasing.

As a noun ugly is

(slang|uncountable) ugliness.




(en adjective)
  • Not handsome or beautiful or appealing.
  • Lacking the power to attract interest.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-06, volume=408, issue=8843, page=68, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= The rise of smart beta , passage=Investors face a quandary. Cash offers a return of virtually zero in many developed countries; government-bond yields may have risen in recent weeks but they are still unattractive . Equities have suffered two big bear markets since 2000 and are wobbling again. It is hardly surprising that pension funds, insurers and endowments are searching for new sources of return.}}


    * attractive



    Alternative forms

    * (l) (obsolete)


  • Displeasing to the eye; not aesthetically pleasing.
  • * Spenser
  • the ugly view of his deformed crimes
  • * (William Shakespeare)
  • O, I have passed a miserable night, / So full of ugly sights, of ghastly dreams.
  • Displeasing to the ear or some other sense.
  • Offensive]] to one's [[sensibility, sensibilities or morality.
  • *, chapter=12
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=All this was extraordinarily distasteful to Churchill. It was ugly , gross. Never before had he felt such repulsion when the vicar displayed his characteristic bluntness or coarseness of speech. In the present connexion—or rather as a transition from the subject that started their conversation—such talk had been distressingly out of place.}}
  • Ill-natured; crossgrained; quarrelsome.
  • Unpleasant; disagreeable; likely to cause trouble or loss.
  • Synonyms

    * (displeasing to the eye) hideous, homely, repulsive, unattractive, uncomely, unsightly * (displeasing to the ear or some other sense) displeasing, repulsive, unattractive * (sense, offensive to one's sensibilities or morality) corrupt, immoral, vile * See also


    * (displeasing to the eye) attractive, beautiful, gorgeous, handsome, pretty, sightly * (displeasing to the ear or some other sense) attractive, pleasing * (sense, offensive to one's sensibilities or morality) moral

    Derived terms

    * uggo * ugly duckling * uglification * uglify


  • (slang, uncountable) Ugliness.
  • * 2009 : (Lady Gaga) and (RedOne), "(Bad Romance)":
  • I want your ugly / I want your disease.
  • (slang) An ugly person or thing.
  • (UK, informal, dated) A shade for the face, projecting from a bonnet.
  • (Charles Kingsley)
    Luke is the definition of ugly