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 Coming off of a horrid January, the Buckeyes have won five of their last six games to re-enter the top 25. Stephen Means, cleveland, "Ohio State basketball re-enters the Associated Press Top 25 Poll," 17 Feb. 2020 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," 24 Jan. 2020 Xavier shot a horrid 11 for 25 on free throws, but the Muskeeters also had their best shooting night of the season by going 11 for 22 (47.8%) on three-pointers. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Marquette 84, Xavier 82: When Markus Howard went out with head injury, Koby McEwen and Sacar Anim took over," 29 Jan. 2020 In the Netflix original, a middle-aged divorcee named Grace (Crystal Fox) gets a new lease on life after meeting Shannon (Mehcad Brooks with a horrid hairpiece), a romantic young photographer. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Tyler Perry Knows Exactly What He’s Doing With His Films," 24 Jan. 2020 Wisconsin rode with the color of choice for every middle manager or Target employee in the nation on Saturday, rolling out some truly horrid brown and red threads. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Wisconsin Throwback Uniforms Widely Panned, Compared to Target Employees," 28 Sep. 2019 That's a shortcoming, as anything that calls itself the softest thing on earth shouldn't strike even one central nervous system as horrid. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, "The Unbearable Softness of Engineered Fabrics," 21 Jan. 2020 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

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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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24 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Horrid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horrid. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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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