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[hawr-id, hor-] /ˈhɔr ɪd, ˈhɒr-/
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
1580-90; < Latin horridus bristling, rough, equivalent to horr- (stem of horrēre to stand on end, bristle) + -idus -id4
Related forms
horridly, adverb
horridness, noun
2. nasty, vile, odious, abominable. Unabridged
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  • "There's that horrid Jem Hardy," she said, suddenly, as they walked along the road.

  • "It looks particularly slippery and horrid," agreed Geraldine.

  • When he is listening, I say all the horrid, cynical, heartless things I can think of.

    The Ordeal of Elizabeth Elizabeth Von Arnim
  • Her face grew scarlet as she put the horrid thought into words.

    An Australian Lassie Lilian Turner
  • All the conversation of the rebel officers was interlarded with the most horrid profanity.

    The Iron Furnace John H. Aughey
British Dictionary definitions for horrid


disagreeable; unpleasant: a horrid meal
repulsive or frightening
(informal) unkind
Derived Forms
horridly, adverb
horridness, noun
Word Origin
C16 (in the sense: bristling, shaggy): from Latin horridus prickly, rough, from horrēre to bristle
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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]
Related: Horridly.

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