ugly American

ugly American
ugly American,
an American living abroad who presents an unflattering image of Americans, especially by his insensitivity to the culture of other peoples.
[< The Ugly American, a book of stories about America in southeastern Asia, written by Eugene Burdick and William Lederer]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Ugly American — is an used to refer to perceptions of loud, arrogant, demeaning, thoughtless and behavior of American citizens mainly abroad, but also at home. [Richards, Erin (2006). [ Are you the ugly… …   Wikipedia

  • Ugly American — noun Etymology: The Ugly American (1958), collection of stories by Eugene Burdick and William J. Lederer American authors Date: 1965 an American in a foreign country whose behavior is offensive to the people of that country …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Ugly American — Ugly A merican noun count AMERICAN INFORMAL an American in a foreign country who behaves in a way that is offensive to the people in that country and to other travelers …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • ugly American — noun informal, chiefly US an American who behaves offensively when abroad …   English new terms dictionary

  • ugly American — /ʌgli əˈmɛrɪkən/ (say uglee uh merikuhn) noun an American who exhibits, especially in foreign locations, what are thought to be the worst qualities of his or her nationality, such as an overbearing, loud, and insensitive manner and an… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Ugly American (disambiguation) — Ugly American may refer to: *Ugly American, a term used to refer to perceptions of arrogant behavior by Americans abroad * The Ugly American , a 1958 novel by William Lederer and Eugene Burdick * The Ugly American (album), an album by Marc… …   Wikipedia

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  • ugly — (adj.) mid 13c., uglike frightful or horrible in appearance, from O.N. uggligr dreadful, fearful, from uggr fear, apprehension, dread (perhaps related to agg strife, hate ) + ligr like. Meaning softened to very unpleasant to look at late 14c.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • ugly — /ˈʌgli / (say uglee) adjective (uglier, ugliest) 1. repulsive or displeasing in appearance; offensive to the sense of beauty: ugly furniture. 2. morally revolting: ugly sin. 3. disagreeable; unpleasant; objectionable: *Then there was the ugly… …   Australian English dictionary

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