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 On top of it all, creator Little Marvin wanted to make this horror story a proper one, complete with supernatural monsters and noises in the basement. Chris Kornelis, WSJ, "What to Watch: 14 Movies and Series to Stream This Week," 7 Apr. 2021 Andrew turns out to be better at living Stephen's life than Stephen himself, a central dark joke that made season 1 a low-key horror story. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Don't miss Back, the dark comedy of the year: Review," 19 Mar. 2021 These migrant dead haunt California, like an Edgar Allan Poe horror story. Los Angeles Times, "Column: The ghosts of migrant dead haunt California. Let’s honor them," 7 Mar. 2021 The fourth and most unsettling horror story explores the ways Sarah and her friends begin to turn on one another underground. Alison Willmore, Vulture, "The 101 Greatest Endings in Movies History," 22 Feb. 2021 The Vanishing is a horror story terrifying in its mundane details — a man and a woman are on vacation when the woman disappears at a rest stop and is never seen again. Alison Willmore, Vulture, "The 101 Greatest Endings in Movies History," 22 Feb. 2021 The narrative is a horror story — a different kind of airplane read — that understandably gave the author chills. Hillel Italie, Star Tribune, "Former flight attendant lands 7-figure deal for 2 novels," 4 Feb. 2021 Part sci-fi mind-scrambler, part horror story, this is a digital journey to the limits of radical doubt. Mary Sollosi, EW.com, "Sundance Film Festival announces lineup for 2021 digital fest, including starry directorial debuts," 15 Dec. 2020 The novel coronavirus has been an American horror story. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "This is the story of the American virus," 10 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of horror story

1937, in the meaning defined above

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“Horror story.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horror%20story. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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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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