Cambridge dictionary says

fugly adjective mainly UK very informal UK /ˈfʌɡ.li/ US /ˈfʌɡ.li/ Add to word list very ugly: Oh, that girl is fugly!

It seems this is a slang from UK

Do American people say it?

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    from the UK, I've never heard it... but I'd assume it means fucking ugly, and should only be used in contexts in which you would use fuck (ie, please don't teach it to your daughter!)
    – James K
    Commented Mar 12 at 7:40
  • @JamesK - I've seen it in mainly US casual sources. Interestingly, the Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang (2010) gives the source as 'Australian military' with a date of 1970. I can only link to the summary of the entry, as I do not have an account to view the online dictionary. Commented Mar 12 at 11:14
  • I think the word had its origins in the high school locker room
    – TimR
    Commented Mar 12 at 12:14
  • @TimR - and probably in the male one (Do girls have locker rooms?). Commented Mar 12 at 12:44
  • Odd that it says "mainly UK." Not being UK I guess I wouldn't know, but I've heard it plenty in the US. (Well, maybe not since high school, but plenty then.) Etymonline attests to James's etymological guess, but says "since 1995," which pretty well dates to my high school days, and has risen since. Commented Mar 12 at 14:28

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Yes, absolutely, I say it and many people I know say it. I heard it more in the Midwest (where I used to live) than the Pacific Northwest (where I live now), and it does seem to be trending less common over time, but definitely American slang as well - anyone hearing it in America would understand the meaning.


Speaking as an American who spent most of his life in Michigan ... I don't recall ever hearing the word.

Of course that's anecdotal evidence. It might be very common in certain circles, just not in the circles that I move in. Slang is notoriously hard to pin down because it often comes and goes very quickly. A word used by every high school student today may be completely forgotten in 5 years. There are words commonly used by, say, video gamers, that are totally unknown by football players. Etc.

But for what it's worth, I'm an American and I never heard the word until I read this post.

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