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.

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Coming off a horrid series against the Giants, who swept their three games at Petco Park, Thursday had the feel of so many games in Green’s first three seasons. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lamet’s return is the positive in another Padres loss to Dodgers," 5 July 2019 Sophie Turner has come up against some of the most horrid villains in cinematic history — cough cough, Joffrey and Ramsay — but her greatest fear apparently has nothing to do with humanity’s potential for evil. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "Sophie Turner Has a Surprising Way to Cope With This Totally Rational Greatest Fear," 5 June 2019 But in Philadelphia, what looked like a catastrophe in the making after a horrid first week for Kapler has stabilized and soared. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Nine Innings: David Price's New Vantage Point, Joe Mauer's Hall of Fame Candidacy and a Possible Reboot of the '86 Postseason," 16 Apr. 2018 The victims at Herculaneum appear to have met a similar horrid fate, according to Petrone and his colleagues. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Extreme heat of Vesuvius eruption vaporized body fluids, exploded skulls," 9 Oct. 2018 Still believing in Arcia: Despite demoting Arcia for the second time, general manager David Stearns expressed faith that the young shortstop would rebound from his horrid season at the plate. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Notes: Nate Orf gets first call to big leagues; Brewers option reliever Aaron Wilkerson," 2 July 2018 One of the issues throughout the team’s terrible stretch: a horrid defense. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando Magic draft center Mohamed Bamba," 22 June 2018 One of the few members of this squad old enough to remember that horrid time is Luka Modric. SI.com, "Pride and Passion: Croatia's Unrelenting Fighting Spirit Continues to Carry National Hope," 12 July 2018 HORRID HALF Cincinnati led 34-20 at the end of a first half featuring horrid shooting — SMU 30 made percent from the field, UC 28 percent. USA TODAY, "No. 19 Cincinnati overcomes poor shooting, beats SMU 76-56," 7 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of horrid

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for horrid

Latin horridus, from horrēre

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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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