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 Out of the depths, a hideous, shark-like creature with mottled gray skin and bulging eyes emerges, and begins slinking towards me. Kris Fordham, Condé Nast Traveler, "Australia's First Underwater Hotel Lets You Sleep Next to Fish in the Great Barrier Reef," 21 Jan. 2020 The problem is lying, trying to cover up something that is so hideous anyway, then blaming it on a young woman and trying to ruin her career. Dennis Young, courant.com, "Yankees broadcaster Suzyn Waldman hasn’t watched the World Series because of the Astros’ lies," 27 Oct. 2019 They were artificially inflated by their hideous early schedule and the drumbeat of invincibility based strictly on past performances. Dan Shaughnessy, BostonGlobe.com, "Would another team bite on Tom Brady? And other Patriots thoughts . . .," 6 Jan. 2020 Take your fake smile at the latest hideous gift from Aunt Mabel. Elisabeth Blagrove, Quartz, "The psychology of how facial expressions hide Christmas disappointment," 25 Dec. 2019 The shooter in Pittsburgh, with hideous but predictable similarity, used the inevitable AR-15 and had three Glock .357 handguns, all of them legally purchased. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "Behind the Bewildering Recent Incidents of Anti-Semitism," 16 Dec. 2019 The original one was absolutely hideous and the new one is looks like the original character. Lauren Hill, chicagotribune.com, "New trailer for ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ shows redesigned character — without human teeth. Fans approve," 12 Nov. 2019 In addition to revealing the wearer's anatomy in clinical detail, this swimsuit boasts a large image of hideous Marvel Comics supervillain Thanos grinning fiendishly. Dave Barry, Anchorage Daily News, "Dave Barry gift guide for 2019: No one will want any of these things," 15 Dec. 2019 Wolf eels are objectively hideous, with huge molars from crushing crabs. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "Don’t Call ‘Em Trash Fish," 19 Sep. 2019

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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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6 Feb 2020

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“Hideous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hideous. Accessed 19 Feb. 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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