adjective \ˈhi-dē-əs\

: very ugly or disgusting

Full Definition of HIDEOUS

:  offensive to the senses and especially to sight :  exceedingly ugly
:  morally offensive :  shocking
hid·eos·ity \ˌhi-dē-ˈä-sə-tē\ noun
hid·eous·ly adverb
hid·eous·ness noun

Examples of HIDEOUS

  1. The room was filled with hideous furniture.
  2. <the hideous way in which she treated her maid after she discovered her ring was missing>

Origin of HIDEOUS

alteration of Middle English hidous, from Anglo-French hidus, hisdos, from Old French hisde, hide terror
First Known Use: 14th century


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