What does Ugh mean?

Feeling let down

‘Ugh’ is an expression often used when feeling disappointed, disgusted, or just plain tired. You might hear it out loud, but it’s also used online, in emails, and in text messages to show a sense of frustration or dread.

It’s such a common phrase that virtually everyone knows what it means. It can be placed at the beginning or end of a sentence, or used on its own to react to something upsetting.

For instance, someone might use ‘Ugh’ if they learn that their final exam has been rescheduled for an earlier date. Or, if the sports star they admire has just been sidelined due to an injury, they might express their disappointment with a simple ‘Ugh’. It’s also often used to react to disappointing pop culture news, like the breakup of a beloved celebrity couple.

Example for using ‘Ugh’ in a conversation

Ugh, I just found out my favorite store is closing down 😭

Oh no! That’s so disappointing! Ugh, I hate when that happens.

I know, right? Ugh, now I have to find a new place to shop.

Ugh, it’s such a hassle. Let’s go check out some other stores together!