The ugly cry is the kind of thing actors and actresses train for years to defeat. It involves your eyes getting puffy, red and bloodshot, your nose running off your face, your skin getting blotchy and red, and your facial features bunching up rather unattractively.
Girl 1: Oh God, who died?

Girl 2: What do you mean?

Girl 1: I just saw Evelyn in the bathroom, doing the ugly cry in the corner. I just figured...
by Pixie Toes January 26, 2010
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The type of crying that can be seen on most reality television shows. This cry is notorious for being very teary, loud and embarrassing. The crier tends to make odd facial expressions, sob loudly and hiccup. This cry is called ugly because it occurs at bad moments and makes the person look like they are having a terrible breakdown. Usually, they are experiencing a broken heart, lots of stress or sudden shock.
Person 1: Did you see the Bachelor last night? That one girl did the ugly cry because she got kicked off!
Person 2: No, but I ugly cried the other day because my dog ran away. Everyone saw me cry too!
Person: I hate to ugly cry in front of others. It makes me look so odd!
by deejpeach October 29, 2012
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A type of crying that can feel really good and really bad at the same time. The ugly cry can occur after a severe tragedy in one's life, or simply for no reason at all. You know you're doing the ugly cry when you lose COMPLETE CONTROL of all of the muscles in your face, start heaving and making awkward sounds (even though you are trying really hard to be silent), and start leaking fluids from every opening on your face from your hairline to your chin (yes, this includes the mouth). Without a doubt, by the time you are through with your ugly cry episode (if it was genuine) it will look as though you are a homeless person with pink eye who got punched a few times in the face and was hit my a monsoon; this is completely normal (and generally the time to call up a good friend).
Johnny's mom just died, and when he tried to tell me about her, he broke into the ugly cry instead.

No movie can make you ugly cry like My Dog Skip.
by Natalie M. O August 27, 2007
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A complete unleash of the beast with regards to crying.

The ugly cry feels great, though you may fight against it. For a woman, it usually occurs in the company of friends. For a man, it can happen while alone on the highway, during meditation or while waxing nostalgic about a recent or long past tragedy.

The ugly cry is truly ugly. If you look in the mirror while doing the ugly cry you're bound to stop crying. Unless, of course, you don't like the way you look and then that could make you go into a further tortured, ugly cry.
Babette and Stud pass a rusted out VW on the highway.

Babette: Holy shit! Did you see that guy?
Stud: Yup. Ugly cry.
Babette: Poor guy...
by wag the dog July 08, 2011
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when someone in a state of distress begins to sob, looking horribly ugly in the process.
Selena: Omg did you see Jersey Shore last night? When Ronnie and Mike fought?

Katy: Yeah, Sammi had the WORST ugly cry I have ever seen in my life. If I hear "STAAAP" one more time, I'm going to kill myself.
by jelling123 September 03, 2011
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The type of cry that feels good but also feels bad. It’s also the cry where you pull up your face so much that it looks so ugly ,anyone who tries to comfort you feels like laughing. But it’s quite sad.Don’t feel insulted everyone has an ugly cry.
Dude 1: Did you see that chick was crying.

Dude 2: Bro I’ll go check on her..

(10 mins later)
Dude 1: Bro where were you??
Dude 2: Bro that chick was ugly crying cause her nail broke.
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Ugly girl cry is usually when a female (or male) is so distraught that they cry in a ridiculously ugly fashion. Ei. Mouth open, snot everywhere, weird choking sob noises.
Sasha: Jason broke up with me-e-e-e..
Julie: Woah calm down on the ugly girl cry.
by Sashainteus March 12, 2014
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