hid·​eous | \ ˈhi-dē-əs How to pronounce hideous (audio) \

Definition of hideous

1 : offensive to the senses and especially to sight : exceedingly ugly hideous furniture The dress looked hideous on her.
2 : morally offensive : shocking a hideous crime

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Other Words from hideous

hideosity \ ˌhi-​dē-​ˈä-​sə-​tē How to pronounce hideosity (audio) \ noun
hideously adverb
hideousness noun

Examples of hideous in a Sentence

The room was filled with hideous furniture. the hideous way in which she treated her maid after she discovered her ring was missing
Recent Examples on the Web How could one man get away with so many hideous crimes, in several different parts of California? Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "How the flaws in Golden State Killer series 'I'll Be Gone in the Dark' become strengths," 1 July 2020 Indeed, some of the most hideous acts in history have been committed by people who believe themselves to be in sole possession of absolute truth. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "Nietzsche’s Eternal Return," 7 Oct. 2019 After months of stay-at-home orders and shut down businesses, our real faces are too hideous to see. oregonlive, "How does Facebook’s new avatar stack up to Apple and Bitmoji?," 18 May 2020 These waves of hideous steambath heat have doubled in some coastal subtropical areas since 1979. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, "One Crisis Doesn’t Stop Because Another Starts," 14 May 2020 Still, the idea of thwarting the spread of this hideous virus — even for a few weeks — is more exciting than the opening day of major league baseball. Josh Linkner, Detroit Free Press, "How a llama could conquer COVID-19 and why that should inspire you," 9 May 2020 Some of them were hideous and some of them were all right. Peter Hartlaub, SFChronicle.com, "The flag San Francisco needs is flying, with a phoenix for our post-coronavirus rebirth," 29 Apr. 2020 No pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so hideous. oregonlive, "Notorious convicted child killer Diane Downs believes coronavirus swept through her prison, compares it to classic gothic horror story," 16 Apr. 2020 Originally hung to scare off evil spirits, the monster’s head doubled as a hideous waterspout that drained rainwater down off the roof and out the beast’s mouth. San Antonio Express-News, "The Gargoyles Guarding S.A.," 28 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of hideous

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hideous

alteration of Middle English hidous, from Anglo-French hidus, hisdos, from Old French hisde, hide terror

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The first known use of hideous was in the 14th century

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3 Jul 2020

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“Hideous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hideous. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hideous

: very ugly or disgusting


hid·​eous | \ ˈhi-dē-əs How to pronounce hideous (audio) \

Kids Definition of hideous

: very ugly or disgusting : frightful

Other Words from hideous

hideously adverb

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