horror story

noun

Definition of horror story

: an account of an unsettling or unfortunate occurrence heard horror stories about recent layoffs also : something unsettling or unfortunate his childhood was a horror story

Examples of horror story in a Sentence

We've all heard horror stories about airlines losing people's luggage. Her childhood was a horror story.
Recent Examples on the Web Especially after Kitchens told horror stories Tuesday about carrying only two quarterbacks during his time in Arizona when injuries hit. Scott Patsko, cleveland.com, "Garrett Gilbert and Baker Mayfield are old friends hoping to remain new Browns teammates," 7 Aug. 2019 In the course of his investigation, Craddock heard countless horror stories about toxic behavior on the part of game developers. Geek's Guide To The Galaxy, WIRED, "The Hard Truths About Being a Videogame Writer," 25 Jan. 2020 Golden says Chacey told him horror stories about Robert. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, "Chacey Poynter, convicted in husband's murder says, "He wasn't supposed to die"," 18 Jan. 2020 State fair taste test judges sharing their horror stories. Kristina Goetz, The Courier-Journal, "Want to read a great story? The Courier Journal recaps our best narrative work of 2019," 19 Dec. 2019 From a hellish one-time videographer gig to a questionable stint as a ticket scalper, three women share their side hustle horror stories. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "From Nightmare Temp Jobs to Ticket Scalper Horror Stories—The Side Hustles We Don't Recommend," 9 Apr. 2019 The series is described as part-murder mystery and part-horror story. Alicia Kortendick, cleveland, "‘The Outsider’ | How to watch and live stream the new Stephen King series," 12 Jan. 2020 Especially in the past few years, as denial has become less of a viable option and even delusion has slipped from our fingers, the climate crisis with its alarming headlines and horror stories has become… normal. Longreads, "Longreads Best of 2019: Science and Nature," 13 Dec. 2019 The opening production for the season will be an original script based on the life and works of Edgar Allan Poe, an American writer best known for his poetry and short mystery and horror stories. courant.com, "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of horror story

1937, in the meaning defined above

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14 Feb 2020

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“Horror story.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horror%20story. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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horror story

noun

English Language Learners Definition of horror story

informal
: a story about an actual event or experience that is very unpleasant
: an experience that is very unpleasant

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