horrid

adjective hor·rid \ ˈhȯr-əd , ˈhär- \

Definition of horrid

1 archaic :rough, bristling
2 :innately offensive or repulsive:
a :inspiring horror :shocking
  • horrid living conditions
b :inspiring disgust or loathing :nasty
  • a horrid man
c :extremely bad or unpleasant :horrible
  • the tenor bell … gives out a horrid discordant noise
  • —Robert Graves

horridly

adverb

horridness

noun

Examples of horrid in a Sentence

  1. People there are living in horrid conditions.

  2. He's a horrid little man.

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Origin and Etymology of horrid

Latin horridus, from horrēre


HORRID Defined for English Language Learners

horrid

adjective

Definition of horrid for English Language Learners

  • : very shocking or bad

  • : very unpleasant


HORRID Defined for Kids

horrid

adjective hor·rid \ ˈhȯr-əd \

Definition of horrid for Students

1 :horrible 1
  • They live in horrid poverty.
2 :very unpleasant :disgusting
  • He drank the horrid medicine.


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