adjective ap·pall·ing

: very bad in a way that causes fear, shock, or disgust

Full Definition of APPALLING

:  inspiring horror, dismay, or disgust <living under appalling conditions>
ap·pall·ing·ly adverb

Examples of APPALLING

  1. We drove by an appalling accident on the highway.
  2. <opening your mouth to show me your half-chewed food is absolutely appalling>

First Known Use of APPALLING


Rhymes with APPALLING

APPALLINGLY Defined for Kids


adjective ap·pall·ing

Definition of APPALLING for Kids

:  being shocking and terrible <He suffered appalling injuries.>


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