hid·​eous ˈhi-dē-əs How to pronounce hideous (audio)
: offensive to the senses and especially to sight : exceedingly ugly
hideous furniture
The dress looked hideous on her.
: morally offensive : shocking
a hideous crime
hideosity noun
hideously adverb
hideousness noun

Examples of hideous in a Sentence

The room was filled with hideous furniture. the hideous way in which she treated her maid after she discovered her ring was missing
Recent Examples on the Web So my sheets looked hideous, and my toenails were just disgusting the whole six months. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 May 2024 This Sunday, on the eve of Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seemed to compare the pro-Palestinian protests to Kristallnacht—the hideous night in 1938 when antisemitic mobs set upon Jews across the German Reich. Ruth Margalit, The New Yorker, 9 May 2024 Later came plans for a hideous electric version called the T27, with 34 horsepower and a range of 100 miles. Alistair Charlton, WIRED, 5 May 2024 McElhenney responded by emblazoning a hideous version of Reynolds’s face onto a blimp and later, gifting him the Ryan Rodney Reynolds Memorial Park, a real park in the heart of Wrexham, Wales. Shania Russell, EW.com, 14 Apr. 2024 Like those who brought picnic lunches to watch the bloody battles of the Civil War, Angelenos, and Americans, could not get enough of the O.J. Simpson trial, which quickly became about everything but the hideous double murder with which he was charged. Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times, 11 Apr. 2024 At hideous cost to themselves—measured in tens of thousands of killed, wounded, or missing men a month—Russian armies are advancing slowly. Eliot A. Cohen, The Atlantic, 10 Apr. 2024 Countless civilians are caught in the crossfire: Artillery bombardments and airstrikes pounded urban areas, while warring militias pursued tribal vendettas and carried out hideous ethnic massacres. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2024 On Monday, Turkey woke up to a set of political realities dramatically different from those less than a year ago, when Erdogan secured reelection despite a tanking economy and the hideous impact of an earthquake that devastated the country’s south. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 2 Apr. 2024

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Word History


alteration of Middle English hidous, from Anglo-French hidus, hisdos, from Old French hisde, hide terror

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of hideous was in the 14th century

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“Hideous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hideous. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


hid·​eous ˈhid-ē-əs How to pronounce hideous (audio)
: horribly ugly or disgusting : frightful
hideously adverb
hideousness noun

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