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 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 situation spawned a hideous photo of a border patrolman on a horseback harassing migrants with a whip. Brian Josephs, EW.com, 23 Sep. 2021 Sent by his mother, Venus, to make the girl fall in love with something hideous, Cupid accidentally pricks himself with his own potent arrow and falls in love with Psyche. Sarah Schutte, National Review, 12 Sep. 2021 Ultimately, Morgan suggests that authenticity can be just as hideous as its opposite. Jess Bergman, The New Republic, 11 Aug. 2021 In Sheol, the kids must fight off hideous ancient creatures while trying to get back to Earth. Ethan Shanfeld, Variety, 27 Aug. 2021 In the past, a typical story may have been a Perez Hilton–style image of someone picking their nose while walking down the street or an unflattering shot of someone mid-bite of a sandwich (hideous and career ending, of course). Sam Taggart, Vulture, 19 Aug. 2021 Rather than childbirth twisted into hideous shapes by the male artistic eye, in this book art crawls out of motherhood with an exhausted, sweating, blood-strewn, but joyous howl. BostonGlobe.com, 16 July 2021 After years of dismissing them as hideous and pointless, the 27-year-old now wears her white foam clogs everywhere — to breweries, the grocery store and on long walks through her Chicago neighborhood. Washington Post, 3 June 2021 My interpreter—a woman who had defiantly learned English in a United Nations program under the Taliban—was still too frightened to shed her hideous powder-blue burqa on the streets of Kabul. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 12 Aug. 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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The first known use of hideous was in the 14th century

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26 Sep 2021

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“Hideous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hideous. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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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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