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

Other Words from hideous

hideosity \ ˌhi-​dē-​ˈä-​sə-​tē How to pronounce hideous (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 The sellout crowd of 21,174 was pumped up at the outset but booed the team off the floor at the half after watching the hideous defensive display and ballhandling. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, 15 Jan. 2022 Among them: a hideous pounding, the hammering of an enraged mob trying to violently force its way onto the floor of the House of Representatives, bashing some unseen, heavy thing against the central doors leading to the chamber, again and again. Caitlin Gibson, Washington Post, 6 Dec. 2021 New York played a hideous soft-coverage defense, taking no chances, putting no pressure on Brady, and allowing the GOAT to surgically kill them. Dan Shaughnessy, BostonGlobe.com, 26 Nov. 2021 Times have changed, and a hideous loss to Detroit on Sunday suggests this team is running out of gas, and the schedule ahead doesn't exactly offer a reprieve. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 Dec. 2021 Higgins also noted that Mary’s fate as an old maid in this alternative universe, portrayed as hideous and sad, is presented as perfectly fine, appropriate and desirable for Annie in the real world. Christopher Wilson, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Dec. 2021 Yet these are the repulsive characters — part of American Greeting Co.'s collection of rubber balls with hideous faces — that have taken the pre-pubescent set by storm. San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Dec. 2021 It also has been called ridiculous, ugly and hideous, something akin to a pile of Amazon shipping boxes or a giant cat-scratching post. Arkansas Online, 2 Dec. 2021 The Day of Infamy is a time to shed light on a hideous irony of war as well as to remember. San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Nov. 2021

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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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17 Jan 2022

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“Hideous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hideous. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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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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