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 Sunday’s three-act play in London — great first half, horrid third quarter, stirring fourth quarter — was equal parts enthralling and appalling for the Raiders and their fans. Michael Lerseth, SFChronicle.com, "Raiders game grades vs. Bears: Ups and downs ... and ultimately a win," 6 Oct. 2019 At the beginning of the crisis, Chinese ambassadors were hauled over by foreign ministers and other government representatives to explain the horrid scenes that had gone viral on social media, and to offer immediate remedies. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Nigerian politicians are scoring populist points with Chinese migrant workers," 22 May 2020 Across African capitals, Chinese ambassadors are being hauled over by foreign ministries to explain horrid scenes that have gone viral on social media platforms of African migrants being evicted from apartments and refused entry into hotels. Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu, Quartz Africa, "After enduring months of lockdown, Africans in China are being targeted and evicted from apartments," 11 Apr. 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 Portland is far too good to have this poor of a record, as a horrid start to the season put them way back in the standings. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "NBA mock draft: Markus Howard leading nation in scoring, flying under the radar for draft," 20 Jan. 2020 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

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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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“Horrid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horrid. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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