hideous

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adjective hid·eous \ ˈhi-dē-əs \

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

hideosity

play \ˌhi-dē-ˈä-sə-tē\ noun

hideously

adverb

hideousness

noun

Examples of hideous in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of hideous

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


HIDEOUS Defined for English Language Learners

hideous

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adjective

Definition of hideous for English Language Learners

  • : very ugly or disgusting


HIDEOUS Defined for Kids

hideous

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adjective hid·eous \ ˈhi-dē-əs \

Definition of hideous for Students

:very ugly or disgusting :frightful

hideously

adverb


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