English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

What does the word ugg mean? Does it mean made in China?

Here is an example from a Skype group of my company:

A: ... sesion ...
B: misspelling of session -> sesion
C: ugg!

A is a Chinese, B and C are both native English speakers.

share|improve this question
Can you give some example usages about ugg? I have never heard it before. – Xiè Jìléi Feb 17 '11 at 4:03
It looks like kind of ugh. – Xiè Jìléi Feb 17 '11 at 5:38

Spelled as "ugg", the only interpretation is Ugg boots, as Kosmonaut mentioned. (I believe the original brand-name boots are/were not made in China, but I'm sure countless imitations are.)

However, given the context you posted, another interpretation is possible: this may be a misspelling or alternate spelling of "ugh", an interjection denoting disgust.

share|improve this answer
It's also deliciously ironic. It might well have been posted as, "You're speling is attroshus!" – bye Feb 17 '11 at 15:13

Ugg is a shoe brand. The company makes sheepskin boots.

enter image description here

(I have no idea where you got the idea that it means "made in China"...)

share|improve this answer
Hi Kosmonaut, I've added the context. Could you please look at it? Thanks. – Yousui Feb 17 '11 at 4:25

It is "ugh" which is a noise one makes in disgust. Here is an example of usage: http://perlypalms.com/herbie/women-swoon/19a-04.jpg

( above image credits to this page: http://perlypalms.com/herbie/pix.pl?women-swoon )

share|improve this answer

Uggs are made in Australia, and is Australian slang for "ugly".

share|improve this answer

As reported also by others, Ugg is a brand of boots.

The NOAD reports that the origin of Ugg boot is 1960s, from the name of cartoon characters (Ugh).

Similarly, that user wrote ugg instead of ugh.

share|improve this answer

protected by RegDwigнt Apr 10 '12 at 22:39

Thank you for your interest in this question. Because it has attracted low-quality or spam answers that had to be removed, posting an answer now requires 10 reputation on this site (the association bonus does not count).

Would you like to answer one of these unanswered questions instead?

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.