hor·​rid | \ ˈhȯr-əd How to pronounce horrid (audio) , ˈhär- \

Definition of horrid

1 : 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
2 archaic : rough, bristling

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Other Words from horrid

horridly adverb
horridness noun

Examples of horrid in a Sentence

People there are living in horrid conditions. He's a horrid little man.
Recent Examples on the Web Now called the Winter Park Express Train, the scenic ride takes two hours, and completely bypasses the horrid I-70 weekend traffic. Stephanie Granada, Sunset Magazine, "Top Colorado Ski Resorts," 3 Jan. 2020 To be fair, conditions in the fourth quarter were horrid, and news of more regulatory mishaps at Deutsche Bank meant clients appeared less keen to engage with the lender than with competitors. Washington Post, "Deutsche Shuts Its Eyes and Hopes for the Best," 1 Feb. 2019 Fuel efficiency isn't horrid; the FWD CX-30 is rated at 25/33/28mpg city/highway/combined, and the AWD version at 24/32/27mpg if fitted with cylinder deactivation (which comes with the Premium package), or 24/31/26mpg without. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2020 Mazda CX-30 is a crossover you’ll actually enjoy driving," 13 Dec. 2019 And the run game has been horrid — their 3.5-yard average ranks 29th in the league, and starting running back Sony Michel ranks 43rd out of 46 qualifying backs with a 3.46 average. BostonGlobe.com, "And on it goes down the list. The Patriots’ draft class is warming the bench, playing in just 2.3 percent of the team’s offensive and defensive snaps. The only team that has played its rookies less is the Cowboys, and they didn’t have a first-round pick.," 12 Dec. 2019 Maybe a matchup against the rebuilding, tanking, winless Dolphins can lift the Redskins out of their horrid downward spiral. David Ginsburg, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Gruden doesn’t ‘have a concern’ about job status with Skins," 6 Oct. 2019 Jones seems to finally be on track following a horrid start to the season. Esten Mclaren, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Washington Capitals at San Jose Sharks odds, picks and best bets," 3 Dec. 2019 Reporter Adam Ferrise gave new perspective to the horrid things that former police union leader Steve Loomis said about Tamir. cleveland, "What went into cleveland.com’s examination of the Tamir Rice case five years after police killed him: Letter from the Editor," 24 Nov. 2019 The speed with which AIDS took hold is terrifying to recall, and the memories of that period are horrid. Edie Windsor, Time, "How the AIDS Crisis Changed the Dynamic Between Gay Men and Women, as Told in Edie Windsor's Memoir," 8 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of horrid

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for horrid

borrowed from Latin horridus "bristly, rough, uncouth, shivering with cold, inspiring dread," from horrēre "to be stiffly erect, bristle (of hair, weapons, plants), shudder, shiver" + -idus, adjective suffix of quality — more at horror entry 1

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The first known use of horrid was in 1590

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13 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Horrid.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horrid. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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How to pronounce horrid (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of horrid

: very shocking or bad
: very unpleasant


hor·​rid | \ ˈhȯr-əd How to pronounce horrid (audio) \

Kids Definition of horrid

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

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