hid·​eous ˈhi-dē-əs How to pronounce hideous (audio)
: offensive to the senses and especially to sight : exceedingly ugly
hideous furniture
The dress looked hideous on her.
: morally offensive : shocking
a hideous crime
hideosity 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
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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Hideous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hideous. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


hid·​eous ˈhid-ē-əs How to pronounce hideous (audio)
: horribly ugly or disgusting : frightful
hideously adverb
hideousness noun

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