Coyote ugly/date

Origin of: Coyote ugly/date

Coyote ugly/date

Coyote ugly is an American slang expression that dates from the early 1980s meaning very ugly. A coyote date refers to an unattractive one-night stand partner, which dates from around the same time, and is linked to the expression ‘bite/chew one’s arm/hand off’ in the sense that if one wakes up next to a sleeping coyote ugly partner, one would rather chew one’s arm off than risk waking them. The phrase coyote ugly was given added impetus by the chain of saloon bars called Coyote Ugly that first opened up in New York in 1993, and the movie Coyote Ugly (2000).