- such as to cause horror; shockingly dreadful; abominable.
- extremely unpleasant or disagreeable: horrid weather; She thought her uncle was horrid.
- Archaic. shaggy or bristling; rough.
Origin of horrid
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Examples from the Web for horrid
Removing choice is bullying and seems a horrid basis on which to anchor your relationship.Public Marriage Proposals Must Die
December 28, 2014
This world is a horrid cancer that no decent soul should ever partake from.Is This The Most Hated Man in Books?: Twitter vs. Edward Champion
September 26, 2014
And bringing this home for all was the horrid beheading of American journalist James Foley.Summer 2014 Was the Worst Ever
August 29, 2014
The state likely will lead in the countervailing lawsuits when (insert a horrid disease here) is found to be linked to e-puffing.Big Tobacco, Not MRSA, Is the Real Problem With E-Cigarettes
May 20, 2014
Revisit that horrid 1997 Psycho redo, or the misguided ABC miniseries version of The Shining that came out the same year.‘Rosemary’s Baby’: How NBC Gave Birth to a New Version of Roman Polanski’s Horror Classic
May 9, 2014
I say, Mart, what is the use in being so horrid cross all the time?Ester Ried Yet Speaking
You should have told me all about this horrid thing in the first place.Within the Law
The smell of burning flesh was in the air, and horrid shrieks.A Woman Tenderfoot
Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
I hate to do it; for I shall have to show my ankles in these horrid trowsers.
I took the whip from our young driver and lashed the horrid animals as hard as I could.My Double Life
- disagreeable; unpleasanta horrid meal
- repulsive or frightening
- informal unkind
Word Origin and History for horrid
early 15c., "hairy, shaggy, bristling," from Latin horridus "bristly, prickly, rough, horrid, frightful," from horrere "to bristle with fear, shudder" (see horror). Meaning "horrible, causing horror" is from c.1600. Sense weakened 17c. to "unpleasant, offensive."
[W]hile both [horrible and horrid] are much used in the trivial sense of disagreeable, horrible is still quite common in the graver sense inspiring horror, which horrid tends to lose .... [Fowler]